November 22, 2014

Elyria
Cloudy
48°F
test

Man accused of growing marijuana in mobile home

ELYRIA — An Elyria man told police he wasn’t growing marijuana in his mobile home.

The problem, police say, is that the officers he invited inside could see a plant plain as day through the opening left by a partially closed bedroom door.

Ronald Karp, 48, of Elyria, was arrested Sunday on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of criminal tools, police said.

Officers showed up at Karp’s door in the 200 block of Greenbriar Court around 7 p.m. after receiving a tip. They asked if they could come inside, and he agreed, police said.

There, officers saw a marijuana pipe on a coffee table and smelled marijuana, police said.

They also could see the marijuana plant growing in the bedroom, which they asked Karp about. He denied having it, but officers pointed out that they could see it, police said.

A subsequent search turned up more marijuana plants growing under florescent lights in foil-lined closets, plants growing in the laundry room and two Mason jars filled with marijuana beneath the kitchen sink, police said.

Officers also found several .38-caliber bullets on the kitchen counter; a gun was found in a bedroom, police said.

Karp was arrested and taken to the Elyria City Jail to await an appearance in Elyria Municipal Court.

Ben Norris can be reached at 329-7119 or bnorris@chroniclet.com.