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Friday, August 16, 2019

Pot Grow Operation Halted by Dayton Police and Drug Strike Force

Adam Frank Baird was arrested for a marijuana grow operation in Dayton, Kentucky.

 By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

Dayton Kentucky police, assisted by members of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, made an arrest on August 12 of Adam Frank Baird, age 48, in connection with a marijuana grow operation found in his Dayton home on May 22.

Police seized and destroyed 91 marijuana plants found in the home along with equipment used in growing the plant. Baird had alluded police capture since the initial discovery and was finally located at a relative’s home in Alexandria.

In May, while investigating an unrelated complaint, Dayton Police Chief David Halfhill noticed a strong smell of fresh marijuana plants emanating from the home.

“Once they opened the screen door, the smell was so strong. There was no ventilation in the house. Even outside, the smell of the plants was coming out through cracks in the foundation,” he said.

Baird arrived home before the house could be searched and, although given the option to enter his home, he ran away. After obtaining a search warrant for the house, Chief Halfhill conducted the search and found his suspicions were correct.

In all, the bust represented 1,998 grams of marijuana.

The chief called in the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force to assist. The force supports the drug-crime-related work of police departments in Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties.

This is Baird’s first offense for cultivating and for trafficking marijuana. He is currently being held at the Campbell County Detention Center.

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