WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 7, 2013
Growers Sentenced in One of Kentucky's Largest Marijuana Operations
A Barren County felon and nine co-defendants have been sentenced for running a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation.
Considered the ring-leader of the operation, 70-year-old Dallas Norris of Glasgow, was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in prison. He was charged with manufacturing and distributing the marijuana, money laundering, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
A tip led Kentucky State Police to Norris’ home in November 2011, where they discovered more than 1,200 marijuana plants. Police learned the indoor grow began in 2008 and had been producing seven to ten pounds of weed every two weeks. Norris was selling it for around $3,000 per pound.
“The successful prosecution of this multi-defendant drug production and distribution organization was made possible by a collaborative law enforcement approach,” said David J. Hale, United States Attorney. “We are grateful for the good work of the State Police, the ATF and the Warren County Drug Task Force. As drug organizations become more sophisticated and often more brazen, we will rely on effective cooperation between federal and state authorities to protect the public and prosecute the offenders. Our communities are safer as a result of these efforts.”
Nine co-defendants were also sentenced for their role in what prosecutors say is one of the state’s largest indoor operations ever discovered.
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