, Corbin, KY

April 11, 2013

Man indicted for growing 100+ marijuana plants

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A Barbourville man has been federally indicted for growing more than 100 marijuana plants and for illegally possessing firearms, according to Kyle Edelen, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

Leslie Monroe, 52, is charged with growing the plants as well as possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug offense.

Monroe allegedly grew the plants last August. He also reportedly possessed two rifles, a shotgun and ammunition.

If found guilty, Monroe could face five to 40 years in prison for the drug offense. The charge related to the firearms carries a five-year minimum sentence.

The indictment came after an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Kentucky State Police. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Pratt.   

Harvey, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced the indictment.