Kenneth Edward Gary, another son of attorney Willie Gary, arrested on marijuana-growing chargesDecember 9th, 2011 by eweiss
By Will Greenlee
JENSEN BEACH — A son of prominent attorney Willie Gary was arrested Thursday after Martin County Sheriff’s investigators say he had a marijuana growing operation in a bedroom of his home, according to records released Friday.
Kenneth Edward Gary, 42, was arrested on felony charges including cultivation of cannabis and possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis after sheriff’s officials Nov. 30 executed a search warrant at his home in the 3600 block of Northwest Deer Oak Drive.
Sheriff’s officials went to Kenneth Gary’s home initially following a noise complaint. A homeowner’s association manager said the association received several complaints about a loud pool pump, said to have been “on all hours of the night and was continuously running for days at a time.”
A deputy arrived at the home and found the front door about six inches open. No vehicles were in the driveway.
Concerned for the welfare of the resident, deputies went inside. A deputy saw two to three glass jars on a table in the kitchen area that looked to be marijuana. On the home’s second floor, deputies found an apparent pot farming operation. No one was found inside.
Sheriff’s officials got a search warrant and conducted a more detailed examination of the home.
The pot growing operation in the southwest bedroom on the second floor contained three types of “cabinet devices” that held the marijuana. A total of 40 plants were recovered, one of which was 4 feet tall. Seedlings were separated from the rest.
The cabinets had hanging lights and fans, while chemicals, pruning tools and empty and full gallon water jugs were on the floor. Extension cords and other growing items also turned up.
Investigators found drug paraphernalia and drug-related items, including burnt marijuana cigarettes and marijuana magazines, in a master bedroom. A gun and a safe in the master bedroom also were taken.
As an investigator returned to the sheriff’s office, attorney John Howe spoke to the investigator via cell phone and said “it was his understanding” that a search warrant had been executed at the home of his client, Kenneth Gary. Howe brought Kenneth Gary to the sheriff’s office.
The investigator explained what was found and said there now was quite a bit of dirt on the floor of an upstairs bedroom.
“Gary appeared to acknowledge the reason for why the dirt was there without saying anything, he looked down breaking eye contact and shook his head,” records state.
Kenneth Gary was told the investigation wasn’t finished and that investigators would apply for a warrant.
Kenneth Gary was arrested at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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