North Pole man found guilty of growing marijuana

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man accused of running a marijuana growing operation has been found guilty of one count of manufacturing a controlled substance.

The verdict followed a brief U.S. District Court trial June 28.

Darrell Allen Ridgway was arrested in January after drug agents raided his home. According to court documents, Ridgway had 135 marijuana plants growing in the home as well as 21 root systems from recently harvested plants and a small amount of loose marijuana.

Drug agents investigated after receiving a report that Ridgway's 18-year-old daughter may have been selling marijuana while working at a Fairbanks retail store.

According to court documents, Ridgway said most of the plants were for personal use and none were grown for sale.

Ridgway was indicted in February on one count of manufacturing a controlled substance.

His trial last week lasted about half an hour. According to prosecutor Stephen Cooper, Ridgway did not wish to enter a plea agreement in the case since a guilty plea would have prevented him from appealing. Instead, the parties agreed to give U.S. District Judge James Singleton a statement of the facts of the case and let him deliver a verdict.

Ridgway's sentencing is set for Sept. 17.

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