Marion County Narcotics Task Force makes weekend bust

Leatrice Weary
Leatrice Weary
James Murphy
James Murphy

The Marion County Narcotics Task Force served a weekend search warrant netting 10 lbs of marijuana and a firearm, all in the presence of young children.

"That's a fairly large amount of marijuana. We're happy to have that much off the street at one time," Task Force Commander Brad McDermit said Monday.

Around 10pm Friday, the Marion County Narcotics Task Force aided by sheriff's deputies and investigators served a search warrant at 480 Johnson Road in the southwest portion of the county.

McDermit said, "This investigation we have been working on for about two months I'd say. Then, on Friday the 77th, we received more detailed information from a confidential, reliable source which lead to a search warrant of the residence."

Agents and deputies made entry into the home of James Murphy and Leatrice Weary and found a large amount of marijuana.

"We located approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and a large shipping box wrapped with shipping tape and duct tape," McDermit said.

Agents also found a 9mm handgun in the residence, which acts as an enhancement to the charges.

"The firearm is an enhancement. It increases the time someone can get if they're convicted of the charge. Also, increases the fines and make us take it a little more seriously."

Two small children were also in the home at the time of the search warrant, which resulted in additional charges.

Both Murphy and Weary are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm, and felony child endangerment. Murphy was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"It's just dangerous for the child to be in a home where like you said, a lot of traffic is in and out; people are purchasing narcotics. It can become hostile very quickly," McDermit said.

Judge Gwen Broom set Leatrice Lynette Weary's bond at $85,000, and $90,000 for James Joewand Murphy.

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