Child, 3, Reported Missing; Found Along w/ Big Grow Operation

By buckcamp · Aug 2, 2010 · Updated Aug 17, 2010 · ·
  1. buckcamp
    FARmissing0802.jpg VIENNA — A man who reported his son missing Sunday now faces marijuana possession and cultivation and endangering the welfare of a child charges, according to a press release issued by Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

    Jonathan Lehr, 41, reported his 3-year-old son missing Sunday afternoon.

    The son, Ben, was found after about a 4.5-hour search when a Maine Warden Service pilot spotted the tot in a field of golden rod about 700 yards from the home.

    The boy, was shirtless, dehydrated and disorientated when found but was treated and release by rescue workers on the scene, according to Liberty's release.

    During the search deputies also discovered 147 marijuana plants and 1/4-pound of processed marijuana at the Lehrs' home, according to the release.

    The elder Lehr now faces charges of marijuana cultivation, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child, according the release.

    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is investigating the complaint, according to Liberty's release.

    By Associated Press
    Published Aug 02, 2010 12:00 am | Last updated Aug 02, 2010 2:24 pm]

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  1. Smeg
    SWIM was wondering if a similar distressing scenario happened to a pub or bar manager who sells alcohol, rather than alleged cannabis, if the reporting would be very different?
  2. buckcamp
    Of course not!

    "Prohibition" of alcohol ended years ago... Therefore, if the story had even made the news it would have been reported as: "Massive Search By Authorities Recovers Local Entrepreneurs Lost Boy"...
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