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$85,000 worth of marijuana found at Amherst County home

Investigators say they were led to the drugs after seizing a small amount of marijuana from a juvenile at Amherst County High School

October 20, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

MONROE, Va. — An Amherst County man is in jail, accused of growing thousands of dollars worth of marijuana at his home.

Deputies arrested 52-year-old Harry James Halsley Tuesday after finding $85,000 worth of marijuana at his house on Wagon Trail Road in Monroe.

Investigators say they were led to the drugs after seizing a small amount of marijuana from a young family member of Halsey at Amherst County High School.

At Halsey's home, sheriff's deputies say they seized 27 mature marijuana plants and over three pounds of dried marijuana.

Halsey is charged with manufacturing marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs, and two counts of child endangerment.

The child endangerment charges are related to two juveniles who live in the Halsey's house.  Deputies say they had easy access to the drugs and their raw plant form.

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Halsey is being held in the Amherst County jail without bond.

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