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Update: Pot-growing operation found in Johnson City home

Staff reports • Nov 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Johnson City police found a marijuana growing operation inside a home on Virginia Street after checking on a disturbance this past Thursday, according to a news release.

James Walsh, 30, and Melissa Rebenock, 32, both of 1510 Virginia St., were charged with the manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a schedule I drug for resale, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are kept or sold, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and felony child neglect or endangerment.

Police found a marijuana growing operation a few feet away from where two children were sleeping, according to a police report.

Thirteen marijuana plants and 12 ounces of processed marijuana were found in the house, along with 17 MDMA pills, police said.

Also found were scales, plastic bags and other paraphernalia police said was consistent with the sale of marijuana.

Police officers were originally called to the house to investigate a possible domestic assault, according to the police report. Those initial officers found evidence of the marijuana and called for investigators, who executed a search warrant.

Walsh and Rebenock were being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $51,000 bonds.

They were scheduled to have appeared in Sessions Court Monday.

The Department of Children’s Services took custody of the children.

Animal Control took custody of four cats living in the house.

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