A DeSoto Parish man’s horticultural career was cut short today when DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s detectives found 18 marijuana plants growing inside his home.
Jon Ryan Temple was booked into custody after detectives found 18 marijuana plants in four growing stations. The stations were complete with UV lighting, heat lamps, ventilation system and a watering system complete with a rain water collection system.
Tuesday (August 27, 2014), detectives working with the DPSO narcotics division were contacted by a school resource officer with in reference to smelling what he believed to be a marijuana odor coming from the backpacks of two juveniles who lived at a residence in the 5000 block of Highway 191 in Mansfield, LA.
Detectives then attempted to do a ‘knock and talk’ at the residence during daylight hours, but were unable to get anyone to answer the door. They did not give up, however, and were back bright and early this morning. When they knocked on the door this time – at about 7:30 a.m. - Temple, answered the door, and graciously allowed the deputies to enter his residence to conduct a search for narcotics.
The odor of what the detectives believed to be marijuana was extremely strong, permeating the air throughout the residence. Detectives located approximately five pounds of high grade marijuana, one-half pound of hashish, lidocaine with no prescription, and, of course, the afore mentioned 18 marijuana plants.
In addition, detectives located drug paraphernalia and four growing stations - complete with UV lighting, heat lamps, ventilation system and a watering system complete with a rain water collection system.
Temple was taken into custody at the residence and charged with LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Manufacturing/Cultivation of Schedule I Marijuana, LA R.S. 40:967.C Possession of Schedule II, 2 counts of LA R.S. 14:91.13 Unlawful Use of a Controller Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person Under 17, and LA R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
He was later booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center pending bond.