Houston County Marijuana Bust

By: Clarissa Stephens Email
By: Clarissa Stephens Email

In conjunction with state and local agencies, the Houston County Sheriff's Department confiscated thousands of dollars in marijuana. The operation also resulted in an arrest.

Forty-three-year-old Daniel Marlor has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, first degree.

An anonymous tip led to the discovery of 44 marijuana plants, worth an estimated street value of $88,000 dollars.

Chief Deputy Donald Valenza said, "The plants are considered valuable at maturity regardless of the size and anytime you have [it] growing. It's a pretty good case.”

Houston County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at Daniel Marlor's mobile home in Cottonwood.

Once inside, they found 44 marijuana plants along with growing materials, scales, and packaging material.

Marlor wasn't at home at the time of the search, but was apprehended shortly after. Authorities say every drug arrest, including this one, is critical to the continuing war on drugs.

"Well, most of the time when you have someone growing marijuana, it's not for personal use. So later, if he had a successful grow it would be distributed on the streets, or in the schools. And so that way, if you get a grower off the street, that's pretty significant in my opinion," said Chief Deputy Valenza.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Slocomb Police Department assisted the sheriff's office during this drug investigation.

Marlor is being held in the Houston County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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  • by Ed Mephiti Location: Birmingham on Apr 25, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    "Well, most of the time when you have someone growing marijuana, it's not for personal use." Just another voice of the uneducated...with 44 plants, the grower was going to pay off his mortage and retire on some tropical island! Where does the law enforcement community get thier information? I would be embarrassed to open my mouth Mr Valenza.
  • by Jim Bacon Location: Black, Alabama on Apr 23, 2007 at 02:28 AM
    I dont know but, it sounds like C. D. Donald Valenza,may be counting his chickens before they hatch. marijuna, like beans or peas are only worth actual weight, not number of plants. In federal law,this is also the only way you can be charged. Not by estimated weight of what it could have produced...
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