Brothers accused of growing pot in their backyard

September 18, 2013

It’s a “growing” problem in Hood County – or at least it was.

Two brothers were arrested Sept. 10 at their home in the 500 block of Sky Court in the Sky Harbour subdivision after Hood County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators found about 35 marijuana plants growing in the backyard, Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

Both Roger John Lavene, 62, and James Wayen Lavene, 45, are facing a felony count of possession of more than 4 ounces/less than 5 pounds of marijuana, Rose said.

A tip led officers to the site, which was “in a secluded area” behind their residence, Rose noted. He said he was not certain how long the plants had been growing.

“They were 4 to 6 feet tall,” the lieutenant said.

Roger Lavene was released the next day from the Hood County Jail after posting $5,000 bond. James Lavene, also with a $5,000 bond, remained in custody as of press time.

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