Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Maryland man convicted for running an indoor marijuana operation
A Maryland man is facing up to 30 years in prison on drug charges.
Larry Edward Turner Jr., 39, pleaded guilty today to manufacturing marijuana in Louisa County Circuit Court.
Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett said a tip led deputies to get a search warrant on July 9, 2010 for a property Turner owns in Louisa.
Deputies found 129 marijuana plants growing in an indoor garage and 215 plants drying in an upstairs bedroom.
Deputies reported seizing numerous lights and additional marijuana manufacturing items.
"There is no profit in crime," Garrett said about the conviction. "We applaud the work of the Louisa County Narcotics Task Force in closing down this criminal operation."
Turner is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The investigation was a joint effort between the Drug Enforcement Agency, Virginia State Police and the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
This is the second indoor growing operation conviction in Louisa this year.
Riad Hassan Rayess, 30, pleaded guilty in October to manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21 and also faces up to 30 years in prison.