(10/23/2014)
Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Calhoun Circuit Court, related to a $2.5 million marijuana bust of a grow operation in the Little Creek area of Calhoun.

It was described as the biggest pot grow operation discovered in the county.

Nicholas Davis, in his early 50s, of Big Bend, and Douglas Cecil Lynch, about 40, of Creston, entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, a felony.

Prosecutor Shannon Johnson said both be sentenced on January 7 before Judge David W. Nibert.

The case was originally turned over to federal authorities for prosecution, but was returned locally and the men were indicted.

More recently a third man, Danny Lockhart, 57, of Little Creek has also been indicted and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, related to the case above. His case is yet to come to trial. About 1,300 marijuana plants were confiscated at the time.

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Prosecutor Johnson said Clarke Patterson entered a no contest plea to attempt to commit sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian. He will be sentenced January 7.

Dustin Hillegas's trial was continued and set for a status hearing on November 17.

Timothy Bowe entered a guilty plea to possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and will be sentenced on January 7.

Krista Farell entered a guilty plea to welfare fraud, a misdemeanor, and will be sentenced on January 7, 2015.

Michael Duncan entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a misdemeanor. He will be sentenced on December 8.

Richard Conley entered a guilty plea to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, both felonies. He will be sentenced on November 17.

Court will be in session Thursday, October 23, with Judge Thomas Evans presiding.


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