A Greenbrier man is facing six felony charges after authorities reportedly learned he was cultivating marijuana inside his home.
Cody Brian Maness, 28, was arrested Saturday morning following an investigation that began late Friday. Online records show the Greenbrier man was charged with three Class C felonies — manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and maintaining a drug premises — as well as three Class D felonies — possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of LSD and possession of paraphernalia to manufacture marijuana.
The charges stem from a case that began when Greenbrier officer Billy Cockrell began searching for a vehicle tied to reckless driving reports. According to a probable cause affidavit, Cockrell located the vehicle in question "stuck in the ditch with the rear end of it barely out of the highway" in front of Maness's residence shortly after 10:40 p.m. Friday.
The vehicle was still running, but no one was inside it, according to Cockrell's report.
After learning no one was inside the vehicle, Cockrell opted to check with residents at the Mountain Drive home to make sure everyone was OK. He was greeted by Maness at the door, who said the suspect vehicle belonged to Devin Billington, who was also inside.
Immediately after walking into the Mountain Drive residence, Cockrell could smell "the strong odor of marijuana" and also could see suspected marijuana and other paraphernalia "in plain view." Officers Robert Wilcox and John Ed Hendrix as well as Sgt. Nicholas Diemer also responded to the home after Maness gave authorities the OK to search his home.
During the search, Greenbrier officers "discovered an indoor marijuana grow operation" in two inside bedrooms. According to the affidavit, the two rooms "each had grow tents set up in them with reflective interiors" and a third bedroom "had a grow light running with 14 suspected potted marijuana plants inside it."
Authorities also located plant growing chemicals, fertilizer, water, hand tools, digital scales, glass pipes, plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, fluorescent lights hanging from a closet ceiling "and numerous small cups consistent with a set up to start seedlings or seed germination for marijuana plants."
Another room featured a collection of "budded branches" that "had recently been harvested" and were hanging near a ventilation system as large pots of dirt sat nearby. According to the affidavit, there was also a loaded 40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol in the home, as well as two bags of psilcoybin mushrooms, THC vape pens and Shine Bloom Additive grow supplies as well as a refrigerator full of marijuana seeds, the affidavit states.
Agent Afton Fletcher with the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force was also called to the Greenbrier home to aide in the investigation. Among other items confiscated was a "Grow Bible" and more than $19,000 in cash that was split up in separate bundles.
While an outbuilding had also allegedly been converted into a grow facility, Maness reportedly told authorities the contraband was "for his personal use" at that he "learned to grow marijuana when he lived in Colorado," the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, authorities located folded strips of aluminum foil with LDC "hits" on them in a safe that also had much of the confiscated cash in it.
Prior to arresting Maness, authorities allowed the Greenbrier man to call his mother so she could care for his dog that was also at the Mountain Drive home. Billington, who was arrested on suspicion of obstructing governmental operations reportedly "passed out" on a couch and "was belligerent" with police when asked what tow company he'd prefer to get his truck out of the ditch.
Billington posted bond four hours following his arrest, according to online records. Online records also show that Maness posted a $20,000 bond Monday evening and is currently scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. March 25 for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him.