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Sheriff: Johnson City man tried to bury marijuana as deputies lay in wait

Staff Report • Nov 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies watched a Johnson City man try to bury marijuana plants Thursday after investigators had asked to search his residence earlier in the day, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release.

Richard James Boody, 23, 146 Greenpond Road, Apt. 4, was arrested following a one-month investigation prompted by complaints from witnesses.

Graybeal said investigators went to Boody's apartment Thursday morning and asked to search it, a request that he denied.

After investigators left, a surveillance detail kept watch on the apartment, and deputies saw Boody come out carrying a bag into the woods behind the apartment.

After he went back to the apartment, deputies changed locations, winding up just feet from him when he made a second trip into the woods with another bag. Boody was taken into custody, and deputies confiscated items used to manufacture marijuana.

Deputies brought in K-9 officer Mali to track down the first bag. The police dog found the spot where Boody had tried to bury both plants and processed marijuana.

Deputies found four marijuana plants and about 2 ounces of processed marijuana. Graybeal estimated the street value at $4,400.

Boody was charged with manufacture of marijuana. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Friday.

Editor's Note: The Washington County Sheriff's Department had misspelled Boody's name in the original news release. The article has been corrected to reflect the accurate spelling.

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