By Drew Moody
Special to Hur Herald
A multi-jurisdictional, multi-state drug task force, including several
members of the West Virginia State Police busted a sophisticated indoor
growing operation Sunday on Dusk Camp in rural Gilmer County. The 274
seized plants, locked in an evidence room, scented the entire state
police barracks Monday afternoon. The plants are scheduled to be removed
Taken into custody were Thomas MacWilliams, age 42, of Geneva, Ohio and
Darlene Wollschleger, age 40, of Lawton, Oklahoma.
MacWilliams, using the alias of Greg Gromofski, rented two trailers on
Dusk Camp about six months ago. He lived in one and used the other
as a grow house. "He knew what he was doing," said Cpl. J.E. Skidmore of
the West Virginia State Police.
Police believe Wollschleger, (left) thought to be a former nurse in the Fort
Sill, OK, area, only arrived in Gilmer County during the past two weeks.
The woman may have been the suspect's girlfriend, or a mule,
(transporter of drugs) for the illegal operation.
Expensive greenhouse quality grow lights were used in the operation.
Skidmore said the walls were covered with aluminum foil to reflect and
magnify the light.
MacWilliams, with a long history of criminal activity, has been a
fugitive since the fall of 2004. He was awaiting sentencing after being
for possession of 900 pounds of marijuana in Ohio, and subsequently
skipped bail. Prior to that incident he'd served jail time for
according to Cpl. Skidmore.
Ohio T.A.G. Task Force officers received a tip that MacWilliams was
living in the Dusk Camp area. Police, including six officers from Ohio,
located the suspect and kept him under surveillance for approximately a
week prior to the arrest.
Charges are pending against MacWilliams, who could be charged under
federal or state code violations. Thus far Wollschleger has been
charged for cultivation of marijuana, according to Cpl. Skidmore. Both
are being held in the central regional jail. MacWilliams picture is
not available on the central regional jail site.
Anyone with information regarding illegal drug or other criminal
activity can call the West Virginia State Police at 462-7101. All
including the identity of the callers, is kept confidential, police said.