Indoor pot grow operation can't HIDE from law

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      CEDAR GROVE – Acting upon a tip from a fellow police agency, the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Enforcement unit (HIDE) made a major discovery last week.


     According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, Shepherdsville police officer Jason Schmidt heard about an indoor marijuana growing operation off Cedar Grove Road.

     Detectives from the HIDE unit visited the home on Partridge Run Road on Jan. 30.

     Using a technique known as “knock and talk,” deputies were able to gain access.

     According to the sheriff’s office, detectives smelled a strong odor from the garage. After the property owner gave consent to search, detectives found a large hidden storage area where the indoor grow operation was being discovered.

     The hidden area contained approximately 80 suspected marijuana plants and various equipment used for a growing operation.

     Lewis W. Kerberg was cooperative with police as they searched his property.

     He was charged with cultivation for five or more marijuana plants. Kerberg is also charged with possession of marijuana and possesses on drug paraphernalia.

     Police authorities also found suspected finished project located within the residence.

     Kerberg is slated to return to court on Feb. 25, 2012. The most serious crime is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.