Timber Complaint Leads To Pot Bust

Posted On April 16, 2012

(Madison, Ind.) – What began initially as a complaint of possible illegal timber activities began a chain of events that led to a drug arrest.


On Friday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer Brad Wehner responded to a complaint of a possible timber violation along Scotts Ridge Road in Jefferson County.


Wehner located Tom Mayberry, 37, from Akron, Ohio, engaged in timbering private property.  The investigation found Mayberry did not have the required timber buyer’s license from the State of Indiana.  Mayberry was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County jail on the alleged charge of engaging in business as a timber buyer without being licensed, a Class “A” Misdemeanor.


During the course of the timber investigation, Wehner received information of nearby drug activity.  After conferring with Jefferson County Prosecutor Chad Lewis a search warrant was obtained.


At approximately 7:00 p.m., Wehner and Jefferson County deputies executed the search warrant at a residence along Scotts Ridge Road.  During the resulting search officers located 15 marijuana plants 2’-4’ tall and 69 marijuana seedlings.  David E. Miller, 55, from Madison, was arrested for the alleged felony possession and cultivation of marijuana, both Class D felonies. 


Miller was transported to the Jefferson County jail.


Both men are to appear in Jefferson Superior Court for their alleged crimes.


Conservation officers said additional charges could result as the investigation continues.