Man Arrested After Marijuana Found Growing in Basement

HAMLIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police say they knew something illegal was inside a home as soon as the suspect opened the door.

"When there's that amount in one residence that's enclosed, it definitely builds up and you can smell it right away," Trooper R.J. Jones said.

Troopers were checking out a house along Route 3 in West Hamlin after getting an anonymous tip.

They say they found 12 pounds of marijuana inside. Some was wrapped in plastic bags.

Troopers say marijuana was being grown in the basement. They found two plants under lights.

Brian Keith Adkins, 32, is now charged with possession with intent to deliver.

“We'd love to do this every day, but we can't do it without people coming forward," Jones said.

Adkins was taken to the Western Regional Jail. His bond was set at $50,000.

Troopers say Adkins’ girlfriend and her 11-year-old daughter live at the home. There’s no word yet on whether the girlfriend may also face charges.


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