October 11, 2012

Wyaconda Couple Arrested on Pot Growing Charges

Mitchell Pinson of Wyaconda, is facing felony drug charges in Scotland and Clark counties.

A husband and wife from rural Wyaconda are facing felony drug charges after a joint investigation by area law enforcement agencies uncovered an alleged marijuana manufacturing operation.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mitchell R. Pinson, 31, and Cheyenne C. Pinson, 30, were arrested on Saturday, October 6th at 10:16 p.m.

Court documents indicate that Mitchell Pinson has been charged with the class B felony of distribution, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance - marijuana. He is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

The arrest report indicated that Cheyenne Pinson faces similar charges. The husband and wife also are facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance as well as a pair of counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Cheyenne Pinson was arrested and later released.

Clark County Sheriff Paul Gaudette indicated that her level of involvement in the crimes remains under investigation.

Scotland County prosecuting Attorney Kimberly J Nicoli filed a class B felony charge of producing a controlled substance against Mitchell Pinson on October 6th in the Scotland County Circuit Court.

The Scotland County Sheriff's Office initiated the investigation after a pair of cultivated marijuana plants were located by a sheriff's deputy near the Clark County/Scotland County line in late September. Other evidence at the scene led officers to install video surveillance at the location with the assistance of the North Missouri Drug Task Force.

A combination of video and physical evidence collected during the investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for the Pinson home, located on the Clark County side of the county line.

Court documents indicate that large amounts of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and numerous items used in the manufacture of marijuana were located at the home as well as two additional cultivated plants.

The Scotland County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by the Memphis Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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