Pot Patch Appearance Leads to Arrest

A surveillance effort by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Texas County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest Sunday of a county man at a marijuana patch at Raymondville.

Charged on Monday with the production or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute is Kenneth Bateman, 39. About 30 plants, described as good quality, were discovered northwest of North Pacific Lumber Co. off Highway 137 after officers watched the operation for several hours. Officers said Bateman appeared to tend to the crop when he was arrested. The illegal activity had been monitored periodically for several weeks, authorities said.

The grower had set up a wild game camera to monitor activity on the site.

Lt. Melissa Dunn of the sheriff’s department said Bateman was arrested after he ran from the patch. Another person was questioned at a nearby residence.

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