Growing operation reportedly uncovered


Alleged marijuana cultivation found in Fletcher

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmediamidwest.com



MIAMI COUNTY — A marijuana-growing operation was reportedly uncovered in Fletcher this week.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on East Main Street in Fletcher on Tuesday as part of an ongoing drug investigation. A marijuana-growing operation was reportedly uncovered in the basement of the residence, which included lights, fans, soil, and other items, in addition to drug paraphernalia like scales, baggies, marijuana dabs, and manufacturing equipment.

Detectives also reportedly seized marijuana ready for sale from the detached garage on the property. Firearms were also located on the property, including a pistol, a shotgun, and a rifle.

James L. Fryman, 54, of Fletcher, was charged with fourth-degree felony illegal cultivation of marijuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs, and fifth-degree felony possession of drugs in connection with this incident.

Fryman reportedly admitted to growing, manufacturing, and selling the marijuana, according to court records.

Fryman was arraigned Wednesday in Miami County Municipal Court before being released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing for Fryman is scheduled for Nov. 21.

In other news:

• Unrelated to that incident, a Cincinnati man was accused of trafficking in marijuana after a traffic stop on Monday.

A trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on southbound Interstate 75 near milepost 83 on Monday. The passenger, Larry L. Smith, 38, reportedly admitted to having three pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. A juvenile was also in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

The marijuana was seized along with 29 grams of suspected solid hashish, according to Miami County Municipal Court records.

Smith was charged with third-degree felony trafficking in marijuana with a juvenile specification, third-degree felony trafficking in solid hashish with a juvenile specification, and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools in connection with this incident.

Smith was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. He was arraigned Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court and is continuing to be held on a total bond of $17,500.

A preliminary hearing for Smith is scheduled for Nov. 21.

• In Piqua, officers from the Piqua Police Department and the Sidney Police Department executed a narcotics-related search warrant on a residence on the 1500 block of Garfield Ave. on Monday.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, suspected cocaine, suspected marijuana, and pills were seized from the residence. The total weight for the suspected cocaine was 12.2 grams. Other items like a digital scale and baggies were also located at the residence. A 3-year-old juvenile was also in the residence at the time this search warrant was executed.

Jessica L. Dickenson, 31, of Piqua, was charged with second-degree felony trafficking in cocaine and first-degree misdemeanor child endangering in connection with this incident.

Dickenson was arraigned Tuesday before posting surety bond and being released from the jail. A preliminary hearing for Dickenson is scheduled for Nov. 22.

The following people were recently sentenced in Miami County Municipal Court:

• Andrew T. Lee, 19, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor complicity. Lee was originally charged with third-degree felony attempted robbery in connection with a report of an assault on McKinley Avenue on Nov. 6 at 10:50 p.m.

James M. Parsons, Jr., 24, of Piqua, was also charged with third-degree felony attempted robbery in connection with this incident. A preliminary hearing for Parsons is scheduled for Dec. 13.

• Newell F. Williams, 33, of Piqua, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for first-degree misdemeanor falsification, amended down from fifth-degree felony forgery. Williams was charged in connection with a reported incident in April.

• Julio F. Almonte, Jr., of Piqua, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine for first-degree misdemeanor falsification, amended down from fifth-degree felony forgery. Almonte was charged in connection with a reported incident in October at McDonald’s in Piqua.

• Miranda M. Jones, 29, of Laura, was sentenced to two years of probation and received a fine for second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest. Jones also received a fine and two years of probation for a separate charge of fifth-degree felony complicity.

• Wesley L. Fulkerson, 36, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor assault.

• Danielle N.L. Meyer, 30, of Piqua, received a fine, seven days in jail, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor making false alarms.

• Fonzie L. Jones, 37, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor attempted, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor violation of a protection order.

• Ashley L. Warner, 28, of West Milton, received a fine, seven days in jail, and suspended jail time for third-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Damian E. Carter, 22, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business, amended down from fifth-degree felony obstructing official business, and a separate charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass.

• Joseph P. Bradley, 32, of Troy, was sentenced to two years of probation and received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor inducing panic.

• Landon C. Garber, 18, of Greenville, was sentenced to two years of probation and received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft. Garber was charged in connection with a reported incident at Kohl’s in Troy in September.

Alleged marijuana cultivation found in Fletcher

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336