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Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013

Brian Edward Kennedy and Seth Adam Smallwood

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Grafton City Police Department, made three arrests Tuesday to start off the New Year’s battle against substance abuse, production and sales.

Brian Edward Kennedy, 34-years-old, and 29-year-old Seth Adam Smallwood, both of Grafton, were taken into custody at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Samantha Joe Sapp, 34-years-old, was present during the bust, but was not arrested at the time of the others because “she had her four-month-old son with her.”

The sheriff’s department received a tip that the Smallwood’s and Sapp’s residence, located at 117 East Bluemont Street, Grafton, was being used to cultivate marijuana.

Captain Randy Dureett forwarded the information to Lieutenant Dayton Mayle for investigation.

As deputies approached the front door of the residence to investigate the information they received, officers took note of all three parties listed gathered around a table processing marijuana.

When officers knocked on the front door, Kennedy, Smallwood and Sapp scrambled to collect the marijuana from the kitchen table.

While waiting for the door to be opened, officers observed Kennedy grab a tray of marijuana and take it into a back room of the residence. Smallwood then opened the front door and invited the officers into the residence.

During a search of the residence, officers found Kennedy in the back room with two trays of freshly cut marijuana, as well as, several plants growing. The homeowner, Smallwood, further informed officers that other plants were growing in the bedroom.

In addition to plants growing in both rooms and the two trays of cut marijuana, officers found harvested plants hanging to dry.

Kennedy and Smallwood were taken into custody at the scene and transported to the regional jail for housing until they could be brought before Magistrate Leonard Lucas for arraignment.

Sapp also appeared before Magistrate Lucas Wednesday to be arraigned and post bail.

All three individuals are charged with cultivation of an illegal substance, which is a felony.

The law states that it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. It further declares that anyone doing so is guilty of a felony.

Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Dayton Mayle was the arresting officer.

Assisting Mayle were Deputy Haddix and Grafton City Police Officer Riffle.

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