News Release
Date: December 4, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Albany Man Charged With Growing Over 100 Marijuana Plants on His Property
- DEA and Kentucky State Police seize $340,000 of marijuana

DEC 4 -- BOWLING GREEN, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that on December 3, 2008, a federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned an indictment against Stevie L. Lee, of Albany, Kentucky, on a charge of growing marijuana on his property.

The Indictment alleges that on July 8, 2008, Lee knowingly and intentionally grew 100 or more marijuana plants in Clinton County, Kentucky. The U.S. Attorney’s Office estimated the value of the plants at approximately $340,000. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of Lee’s property.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 4 years. The minimum potential penalty is 5 years imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James H. Barr and it was investigated by the Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Lee is scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on December 17, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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