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Stolen power leads to drug arrests

By Pat Maurer Review Correspondent

Christopher Wiley

Christopher Wiley

Amanda Maxwell

Amanda Maxwell

A request from the utility company to the Clare County Sheriff’s Department led Detectives to a home where stolen electricity was being used to power an illegal Marijuana grow operation in Grant Township.

The Sheriff’s office was called to help find where power was being stolen April 23. A search warrant at a Willow Road residence led to the discovery of the Marijuana operation.

Deputies seized over 50 plants and equipment, which was not being grown with permits for a medical marijuana facility. Deputies also seized cash and other items related to the illegal business and arrested two people; 40 year-old Christopher Wiley and 36 year-old Amanda Maxwell, both of Farwell.

Wiley and Maxwell were arraigned in 80th District Court by Magistrate Karen Willing late Wednesday afternoon. Wiley was charged with Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana. Her bond was set at $5,000/10 percent.

Maxwell was also charged with Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana and bond was set at $5,000/10 percent. Both Wiley and Maxwell remain lodged in the Clare County Jail.

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