Cannon County couple plead guilty to pot operation
A married Cannon County couple pleaded guilty to two counts of marijuana production and distribution in federal court in Nashville on Tuesday, more than three years after their arrest.
Gerry Campbell, 54, and Marilyn Greene, 62, of Liberty, Tenn., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana plants with intent to distribute and one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana. They made their pleas to Federal District Court Judge Todd Campbell without any agreement for leniency from the government.
On Aug. 17, 2009, Greene sold 2 ounces of marijuana to a confidential informant, according to DEA Special Agent James West, who testified in court. This sale was then used to obtain a search warrant for their home on Boney Ridge Road, where law enforcement officers discovered 8.7 pounds of processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a loaded rifle, a pistol and a hydroponic grow operation of 273 plants in their basement.
“My husband and I grew marijuana, so I guess we were a conspiracy,” Greene said in court. She also said that she takes blood pressure medication, as well as medication for back pain and her thyroid, and explained that although they had sold some marijuana on the side, they mostly gave it away to others.
Possession of the weapons is not a crime, and neither defendant was charged.
The couple has been free under their own recognizance since being indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 29, 2010.
Both face a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five and up to 40 years in prison, as well as a maximum fine of up to $5 million and supervised release of at least four years after prison, Campbell said.
Their sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 4.
Alex Harris is with the Seigenthaler News Service-MTSU. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.