A Billings man was charged on Friday with growing 340 marijuana plants at his residence in 2011.
Appearing in front of Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall in Yellowstone County Justice Court, James Melvin Sharp Jr., 56, was charged with one felony count each of criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Lundvall allowed Sharp to remain free on an already-posted $10,000 bond and ordered him to appear in District Court on May 8.
According to court documents, a landlord reported that Sharp, a tenant of his who lived at 42 Florine Drive, No. 12, was growing marijuana.
Responding officers noted marijuana plants growing in the backyard and, with Sharp’s consent to search the residence, found a grow room inside.
Charging documents say members of the City-County Special Investigations Unit and Eastern Montana High Intensidy Drug Trafficking Area group helped and found 28 marijuana plants growing inside and outside found plants “scattered around the yard, in pots, in the vegetable garden and along the ditch.”
Officers counted a total of 340 plants which, when dried, resulted in more than 8 pounds of marijuana, the affidavit states.
It goes on to say that officers recovered nearly 92 grams of buds, leaves, stems and a bottle of hashish oil.