By LISA MEYER TRIGG
A Reelsville area couple face multiple felony charges after police found marijuana plants growing and being processed in their Appleblossom Estates home Thursday afternoon.
Kenneth Allan Woolford, 37, was booked into the Putnam County Jail at 5:47 p.m. Thursday on charges of dealing in marijuana, neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
His wife Noela Woolford, 28, was booked in at 6:11 p.m. Thursday for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, neglect of a dependent and dealing in marijuana.
Both were arrested by Deputy Virgil Lanning after an anonymous tip led police to the home at about 3 p.m.
Assisted by Reserve Deputy Alan Bullington and Det. Mike Biggs of the Putnam County Sheriff's Depart-ment, along with Indiana State Police Troopers Brandon Bailey and Tim Cummings, Lanning found marijuana growing in the remains of an abandoned above-ground swimming pool.
Weeds had been allowed to grow tall in the perimeter of the old pool to mask the cultivated pot plants in the center.
The pool area had also been booby-trapped with a board riddled with nails sticking up lying at the entrance.
Marijuana was also found drying out inside the modular home. Some of the plants had already been process and placed in plastic grocery sacks.
The total estimated value of the marijuana was $8,000.
Lanning said police also found various drug paraphernalia in the house, lying in easy reach of the two toddlers living with their parents.
The interior of the home was also hazardous to the children, Lanning said. The children were taken from the home by Child Protective Services, and were later released to relatives.
"Even if we hadn't found marijuana in the house, CPS would have been called. It was bad," Deputy Lanning said.
Kenneth Woolford has a criminal history in Virginia, where he was arrested in the 1990s for marijuana possession.
A date for the couple's initial court appearance had not been set by presstime Friday.