Marijuana Growers Have Day In Court

Friday 26 October 2007Two Murfreesboro men accused of running an elaborate marijuana growing operations in Cannon County have pled guilty to their charges. Chad Barber and Jeffrey Bradley appeared before Chancellor Robert E. Corlew III on Friday. The two were arrested in 2006 after their operation was uncovered by the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. The operation spanned over both Cannon and Wilson Counties and took place in two separate locations in Cannon County. Barber and Bradley operated the grow labs out of vacant homes in the Auburntown and Woodland Communities and had several thousand dollars worth of growing equipment housed in the residences. Their operation was uncovered by authorities after one of the homes they were using burned as a result of the operation. Authorities quickly discovered the owners of the property and arrested them. Barber pled guilty to two counts of manufacturing marijuana over 20 plants. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison ordered to pay $20 000.00 in fines and court costs. He was sentenced as a range 1 30 percent offender and was ordered to serve his sentence. Barber also had charges in Rutherford County stemming from an arrest at a night club and at Middle Tennessee State University that were settled in Cannon County. Barber was charged with possession of crack cocaine and resisting arrest after officers arrested him at a nightclub. He pled guilty to simple possession of crack cocaine and received an 11 month 29 day jail sentence. He was also ordered to pay a $750.00 fine and the court costs. Chancellor Corlew ordered him to serve his entire sentence. Barber was also arrested by the Middle Tennessee State University Police Department after he was pulled over and officer's found a shotgun in his vehicle. He pled guilty to possession of a weapon on school property. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and ordered to serve his entire sentence. Jeffrey Bradley entered a conditional plea to manufacture of marijuana over 20 plants. He was placed on supervised state probation for 4 years and ordered to pay the court costs and a $2 000.00 fine. In other business before the Court: Phouthone Rajavong's petition for suspended sentence was denied by the court. He was ordered to serve 16 years in prison. Taylor Scott Greenwald pled guilty to 3 counts of forgery. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison as a range 1 30 percent offender. In another case Greenwald pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of a schedule 2 drug. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail ordered to pay a $2 000.00 fine and the court costs. He also pled guilty to simple possession of schedule 3 drugs and was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. He was also ordered to pay the court costs and a $2 000.00 fine. A suspended sentence is set for December 14th. Lori Manier entered a conditional plea to criminal attempt to sell schedule II drugs. She was placed on supervised state probation for 2 years ordered to pay a $2 000.00 fine and court costs. In addition she will submit to drug screens.