Deputies sniff out marijuana grow

A Parkdale man awaits his arrest for growing marijuana in the basement of his home — a practice that law enforcement officials believe has been going on for years.

Daniel E. Carter, 43, is expected to be arraigned by early next week for both manufacture and possession of a controlled substance after cannabis plants in various stages of development were found in his home. His case will be brought before the grand jury for review on Friday.

Tiffany said the investigation began when two deputies arrived at Carter’s house during the Thanksgiving weekend to question him about an unrelated matter. After smelling what they believed to be growing marijuana they alerted members of the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce about their suspicions.

Carter had previously been arrested for growing marijuana. Although his conviction in the 1992 case was overturned on procedural technicalities, Hood River County Detective Gerry Tiffany said the facts remained solid and characteristically supported the possibility of a new offense.

“Their (detective) noses led to this drug arrest,” said Tiffany.

After noting that Carter’s electric bill was high in spite of the fact he burned wood heat — leading to the belief that power was being used for artificial ultra violet lighting — Tiffany said a search warrant was granted to allow officials access to the house and grounds.

About 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, MINT members converged on the Old Parkdale Road residence and found four separate rooms in the basement that were being used to support the illegal operation.

Although they allegedly recovered six to eight mature and 16 small marijuana plants, Tiffany said there were hundreds of containers at the scene and law enforcement officials contend the grow has been much larger at other times.

Tiffany said the evidence at Carter’s dwelling has led law enforcement officials to believe that he most likely has been involved in the current operation since being freed from his last sentence.

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