Deputies, BCI look for marijuana; 1 man arrested

Staff report

SIDNEY — Deputies arrested a man Tuesday as part of a marijuana-eradication operation in Shelby County.

On Tuesday, deputies teamed with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for marijuana eradication in the county, Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said. Using a helicopter provided by BCI agents, deputies located several marijuana-grow operations. A total of 92 plants were seized in all at different locations throughout the county. The marijuana plants, if fully processed, would have a street value of about $92,000.

Mark Ward, 53, 21758 Deam Road, was arrested after deputies discovered marijuana plants growing on his property. A subsequent search of Ward’s residence yielded a marijuana-grow operation inside the home. Deputies seized several items used in growing marijuana, as well as about 10 pounds of marijuana. Ward was placed in the county jail on charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies. Further charges are pending a review with the Shelby County prosecutor.

Charges also are pending on several people where marijuana was located at other locations. Deputies are continuing their investigation into those incidents.

Staff report