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By Marlana Smith
A Shelbyville man was arrested after law enforcement allegedly found marijuana plants growing in his backyard.
According to the Probable Cause Statement, on August 12, while the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a stolen vehicle investigation in Shelbyville, two live cultivated marijuana plants approximately 2 1/2 to 3 foot tall were allegedly found growing in a garden area in plain view on the northeast side of James E. Smallwood, 57, residence.
Court documents state one marijuana plant was found to be growing inside of a black plastic planter and the other allegedly was found to be growing in the ground.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Smallwood on August 22. Smallwood was arrested Sunday, August 28, at approximately 9:30 a.m., at his home in Shelbyville.
Smallwood is being charged in case No. 22SB-CR00149 with Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Except 35 grams or Less Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid – Felony C by Shelby County Prosecutor Jordan Force.
Smallwood is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.
This story was written using information from court documents, which is one-sided. James Smallwood is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.