March 13, 2012 | 04:42 PMELKHORN — A Geneva Township couple face felony charges after they allegedly had a 13-year-old assist them in a marijuana growing operation.
Allen D., 48, and Terri L. Miles, 44, face felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The charges against Allen have been elevated to repeater status because of prior felony convictions.
If convicted, Allen faces up to 24 years imprisonment and $35,000 in fines.
Terri faces up to 16 years imprisonment and $35,000 in fines.
During a search of the Miles' residence, police allegedly found more than four pounds of pot.
Last week, Geneva Police Chief Steve Hurley said his officers were investigating the couple after receiving information about an alleged marijuana growing operation.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Feb. 21, two Geneva Township officers went to the residence and as they approached, Allen Miles exited the home.
As Allen exited, police observed a cloud of smoke inside of the residence and could smell marijuana.
Inside of the home, police found a plastic bag containing 831 grams of marijuana. In a bowl inside of the defendant's bedroom, police found an additional 182 grams of marijuana.
Inside of a closet, on a six-tier drying rack, police located 806 grams of the drug.
Police searched the attic and found lamps, an exhaust fan and soil.
Police interviewed Allen Miles, who said he and Terri began growing marijuana three months ago.
Allen said a 13-year-old helped them grow the marijuana and started smoking it. Allen Miles is charged as a repeater because of a prior conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.