Resident charged with growing marijuana

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A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana.

John D. Smith, 37, of 1629 E. Broadway, Lot 9, was arrested Monday, July 21, at 12:33 a.m.

According to Smith's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a call that he was fighting with a family member and had been drinking and using drugs.

Police officers went to the Taylor County Fairgrounds to find Smith. After making contact with Smith, court records state, officers discovered he was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his speech. Records state that Smith failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. Smith's blood alcohol level was .08, which is the legal limit.

After being arrested, Smith told officers that he had been tending to his ginseng plants when he broke his shovel and decided to leave.

When searching Smith, records state, officers found a package of cigarettes containing suspected marijuana and three pills that were identified as controlled substances. Officers also found a planter at the fairgrounds containing five suspected marijuana plants.

Smith was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, excluding alcohol, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a legend drug, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, having a controlled substance prescription not in its original container, buy/possession of drug supplies and growing five or more marijuana plants. He was lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center.

Smith pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court last Monday. He was appointed a public defender and bond was set at 10 percent of $2,500. If released, he has been ordered to not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs.

Smith is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.