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February 26, 2014

Jury: Indiana man guilty in pot operation near Yellow Creek

DA: Jones could face decades in jail

PENN RUN — An Indiana area man could receive decades in jail for his role in a large Cherryhill Township marijuana growing operation north of Yellow Creek, prosecutors said Wednesday.

An Indiana County jury found Roderick Ejuan Jones guilty of conspiracy to manufacture 150 live pot plants, possession with intent to deliver the drug and seven other drug-related charges following a two day trial this week before Indiana County Judge Thomas Bianco.

A jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for nearly 2 1/2 hours Tuesday before finding Jones guilty on nine counts, Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said. Jurors found Jones possessed pills and nearly a pound of cocaine for distribution at the time a growing operation on South Harmony Road was busted by a state police vice unit and Army National guardsmen in the summer of 2012, he added.

At the time of the raid, police discovered two rooms inside a mobile home had been converted into growing rooms for marijuana. Pills and 150 plants were also seized from the property, he added.

Jones is currently scheduled for a May 19 sentencing.

Dougherty said he could face up to 20 years for the cocaine charge alone as well as $200,000 or more in fines for his charges.

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