Monday, February 10, 2020

Vian Man Sought on Drug Charges

An arrest warrant was issued Feb. 3 for a Vian man who allegedly grew marijuana plants inside his home.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case shows that Thomas Jerome Reed Jr., 35, was charged with cultivation of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, a misdemeanor.

On July 8, 2019, a Vian police officer conducted a traffic stop in which Selena Merlos was arrested. Merlos asked the officer to go to her residence on Harris Street to let her roommate, “Amari,” know she was going to jail and to please feed the dogs.

The officer was unable to contact “Amari” at that time, but he did see five red Solo cups sitting in a window sill at the home. The cups had marijuana plants inside them.

Records showed that the home was being rented by Reed, and he was allowing Merlos and “Amari” to stay there.

Cultivation of a controlled substance is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to 10 years. Possession of a controlled dangerous substance carries a punishment of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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