A Jakes Fork, Arnoldsburg man has been arrested by Sr. Trooper J. A. Newman of the West Virginia State Police, charged with drug offenses.

Michael S. Mattero, 46, has been charged with the manufacture of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a felony.

According to the complaint, the officer was investigating a child neglect case with a CPS worker at the Mattero residence.

The officer states while inspecting the residence, a doorway sheet was pulled back exposing the growing of 6-foot marijuana plants under a growing light.

The criminal complaint says Mattero exclaimed, "Oh man, I didn't see that."

Further examination of the residence discovered several planters in the attic with potting soil, with no seeds.

The complaint says Mattero advised he did not know the plants were there, "although he had been living there for a year." A medicine bottle with a small amount of marijuana was also discovered.

His case has been assigned to Magistrate Rick Postalwait.

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