Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Man convicted after 92 marijuana plants found in home
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Richmond man’s green thumb has him facing up to 30 years in prison.
Riad Hassan Rayess, 29, was convicted yesterday of manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance in Louisa County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to both felony charges.
Commonwealth Attorney Tom Garrett said a tip from another jurisdiction led deputies to get a search warrant in April for a property Rayess owns in Louisa.
Deputies found 92 marijuana plants in various stages of growth at the secluded, single-family home. LSD was also found in another room.
Deputies reported seizing numerous lights and additional marijuana manufacturing items.
“I hope this case sends a message to drug dealers that moving your operation inside does not mean you will escape the long arm of the law,” Garrett said about the conviction. “I am pleased to announce that this drug shop is no longer open for business.”
Rayess is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The investigation was a joint effort between the Virginia State Police and the Louisa Sheriff’s Office.