The Summit County Drug Task Force conducted a routine aerial search of Bath Township on Aug. 20 and found a Fairway Drive property growing marijuana.
Task Force Capt. Hylton Baker said eight marijuana plants were growing outside and were seized from the property that day. Task Force Det. Mike Yovanno said the plants were about three-quarters grown. A full-size plant yields one pound of marijuana and sells for about $1,200, Yovanno said.
Homeowner Brian Littell, 48, was not home when the Task Force seized the plants, Baker said. A warrant was issued for his arrest and arrested him on Aug. 23, said Bath Chief Mike McNeely.
The Task Force charged Littell with felony counts of drug possession and cultivation. He was also charged with felony counts of having weapons (two shotguns, one handgun) under disability.
"We normally fly this area because people grow near parks," Baker said. "We found he was growing marijuana in 2010 as well."
According to Summit County Common Pleas Court records, Littell was convicted in 2010 for cultivating and possessing marijuana.
He was also arrested for having weapons under disability but was never convicted, records say.
While searching Littell's home, the Task Force also found an indoor operation that hadn't been started, Baker said.
When Littell was served his warrant on Aug. 23, he initially refused to come out of the house, McNeely said. After police surrounded the area, they convinced him to come out without a fight.
His case was filed with the Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 27.
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