A Johnson County grand jury returned 42 indictments Wednesday, among them was an indictment against a Staffordsville man arrested in September 2017 for a “large marijuana grow,” according to court documents.
Brandon Boyd Lemaster, 30, of Staffordsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree, first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to 10 dosage units, unspecified substance), a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000 if convicted, cultivating marijuana (more than five plants) and trafficking in marijuana (more than eight ounces but less than five pounds), both class D felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison if convicted and a fine of no more than $10,000. Lemaster was also charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Lemaster was originally arrested after the Kentucky State Police’s Cannabis Suppression Branch said a flyover revealed what appeared to be several marijuana plants growing at a residence and officers saw a male “run out of the residence and begin to pull up the marijuana plants that were located on the back front deck and the rear of the property,” according to the citation.
The citation said Lemaster then attempted to burn “marijuana that was growing in what appeared to be a plastic grow room” before fleeing on foot and being apprehended shortly thereafter in his driveway. KSP then obtained a search warrant and while searching the premises, discovered Wanda Lemaster, 57, hiding in a bedroom, according to the citation. While the citation said 16 plants were found outdoors, it states that a “large marijuana grow” was located inside the residence, and does not specify the number or amount of plants.
Brandon Lemaster was charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more, first offense) and tampering with physical evidence, while Wanda Lemaster was charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more, first offense) and first-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance.
Both Wanda and Brandon Lemaster were housed in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center until being released on individual $5,000 surety bonds.
Lemaster was served the indictment warrant Thursday, according to court documents, and entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment in Johnson County Circuit Court Friday.