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Two Middle River Men Charged With Growing Marijuana in VA

Matthew Meissinger and Harold Morris III were charged after police found "pounds" of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms on a museum property.

Virginia State Police have arrested two Middle River men on charges of manufacturing marijuna, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The newspaper reported Thursday that Matthew Meissinger, 25, and Harold Morris III, 24, were arrested after marijuana plants were found on property owned by the Frontier Culture Museum in Augusta County, near Staunton.

Both men were charged with manufacturing marijiuana, with further charges pending.

A state trooper told the Times-Dispatch that an investigator described the bust—which totaled "pounds" of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms found in a nearby trailer—as the largest seen in 10 years. An affadavit obtained by the Times-Dispatch said fertilzer, fencing, stakes, watering buckets, syringes, smoking devices and mason jars were confiscated at the scene. Meissinger and Morris worked for a contractor in the area, police told the Times-Dispatch.

The museum's executive director told the paper that three officers found the plants while on a bowhunting trip.

A spokesperson for Virginia State Police has not yet returned a call from Patch seeking comment.

FlyingTooLow October 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. We are a free people. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended. Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. At the time, I really had no idea what I had gotten myself into...mine was an offense involving pot...the thought never occurred to me that I may actually spend years in prison for that 'indiscretion.' As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank It is about living free. I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow October 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.

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