(06/10/2006)
By Drew Moody
For the Hur Herald
drewmoody@verizon.net

Thomas Mechling, of Rosedale, apparently had some seeds growing in his tomato patch that didn't come from Burpee's.

Mechling was arrested Tuesday by Sr. Tr. R.P. Smith and charged with cultivating marijuana with the intent to deliver.

Police were following up on tip when the officer visited the home.

According to charging documents, Mechling admitted to having three plants in the vegetable garden. Sr. Tr. Smith obtained verbal consent to search the property, eventually locating a total of five plants.

The plants were seized for evidence and samples have been sent to the State Police Crime Lab for testing.

Mechling was released on $3,000 bond.

Sgt. C.M. Alton said Friday area residents are very helpful in solving crimes locally. "We want to make the public aware we're looking into their concerns when they call," he said.

Anyone wishing to confidentially report a crime, or suspicious activity, can contact the Glenville detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 462-7101.


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