Couple Arrested after Marijuana Bust at Home in Ripley

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A husband and wife are behind bars after what deputies call a major marijuana bust.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies raided a home on Winters Road in Ripley just after 9 p.m. Friday.

Deputies found two hidden "grow" rooms in the finished basement of the home.

They seized 127 plants, along with numerous pieces of sophisticated growing equipment, including florescent lighting, fans, and timers.

They also found items consistent with manufacturing and distributing marijuana on a large scale, like growing literature and logs, plastic baggies, digital scales, fertilizer and plant growth ingredients.

James Merical, 50, and Terri Merical, 57, were both arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Terri Merical told deputies she was aware of the marijuana being grown in the home and knew that James had custom built the "grow" rooms, saying "it was obvious what was going on." She denied any other part in the operation.

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