Limestone marijuana, attempted child neglect case moving ahead without indictment
Feb 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM
A Limestone couple charged in a large marijuana growing operation last year could have their cases resolved in April.
Jonathan B. Aloisio, 35, and Toni M. Aloisio, 40, appeared Monday in Washington County Criminal Court where one attorney in the case made that announcement.
At the time of their arrest in April 2011, the two were charged with possession of schedule I, II and VI drugs for resale, aggravated child abuse/neglect/endangerment and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used and sold.
But after a preliminary hearing in May, some of the charges didn’t stick.
Jonathan Aloisio still faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, two counts of having a prohibited weapon, three counts of attempted child neglect, possession of schedule I, II and VI drugs for resale and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used and sold.
Charges against Toni Aloisio now are three counts of attempted child neglect and simple possession of marijuana.
But the couple has still not been indicted by a grand jury.
Attorney Mark Slagle, who represents Jonathan Aloisio, said Monday his client will plead guilty to the charges by information, or without an indictment.
“The charges against Ms. Aloisio are going to be dismissed, and Mr. Aloisio will enter a plea,” Slagle told Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood.
“There is no indictment because we are proceeding under an information,” he said.
The two were arrested after a Washington County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop and found evidence that led officers to search the Aloisio home.
Officers found an estimated $500,000 cache of drugs, including 285 marijuana plants in an indoor growing operation. Sixty additional plants had already been harvested. The smell of marijuana reportedly overwhelmed deputies sent to the house.
Investigators also found 6 pounds of processed marijuana, three-fourths pound of psychedelic mushrooms and three ounces of cocaine, as well as six handguns, four rifles, three sawed-off shotguns and a sword.
The growing operation was contained in the basement of the home. The setup included motors to ventilate the growing area, lighting equipment and a special drying cabinet that has no other real purpose than to dry seeds, investigators said.
The Aloisios are scheduled for their next hearing April 17.