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152 Marijuana Plants Taken From Lewis County Home
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on March 27, 2014 @ 10:37PM
Created on March 27, 2014 @ 3:14PM

Photo Courtesy: WVRJA

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department spent Thursday afternoon confiscating over a half of a million dollars worth of marijuana in Weston.

Sheriff Adam Gissy said 152 plants were taken out of Atha Cowger's North River Avenue home. Each plant is valued at $3,000 at full maturity. Deputies said that they were able to make this bust because of tips they had received.

Cowger has been arrested, and more arrests could follow. He's being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Comments (7)
Apr 02, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Based on the photo, this guy looks like a stand-up citizen (ha!)....In all seriousness, although I appreciate the work local law enforcement is doing, this will probably be another slap on the wrist and suspended or shortened jail sentence due to a guilty plea. Law enforcement isn't failing us, our liberal judicial system is failing us.
Mar 31, 2014 at 5:43 AM
How VERY interesting that WDTV refuses to allow any comments 'other' than the ONE in 'support' of legalizing "illegal drugs!"

Yes, this is my fifth or sixth comment and still only same comment listed. Several others have 'attempted' to comment also. We're catching on to the liberal bias of our local media outlets!
Mar 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM
It is ridiculous that some folks think drug pushers is 'acceptable' to a society.

Great job officers getting these criminals off our streets!!!
Mar 30, 2014 at 6:43 AM
Great JOB!!!

Keep it up. Rid all our towns of these criminals. Drug use is worse societal epidemic than alcohol problem is. A lot of these drug users rob people attempting to get their 'fix' or worse, murder people in their homes to steal items for sale to get their hands on their next fix. I'd call these people 'harsh criminals.' Anyone who doesn't believe that, should watch an addict when they don't have the means to purchase their next fix! I think the officers are doing a great job rounding these people up and destroying their drugs and making it harder for them to 'sell' it to others. Drug use is NEVER an 'accepted' social behavior; maybe in these drug users' imaginations, but not with the communities. Someone's dreaming. WV is NOT going to 'legalize' drugs. Maybe some folks should move on out west to Colorado. WV doesn't need taxes bad enough to allow more criminals coming here. Drug users are bad news for any society. Drug users are losers.
Mar 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM
as taxpayer...I feel this is a GOOD way to spend tax dollars, rounding up the drug users/sellers! Keep up the good work! Lock them up.

Drug sellers/users will NEVER be socially accepted by anyone except the users/sellers themselves. Just like no one sober can stand to be around a drunk/alcoholic; no one drug-free can stand being around a dope addict!! Drug users cause lots of society's problems. They don't work; use taxpayer dollars to support them and they spend it on drugs; then rob folks to get drugs or money to buy them with; it's topping the crime list in cities nationwide. Clean up the cities; stop the robberies by locking up the drug users/sellers/growers. GOOD JOB!
Mar 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM
Like it or not; druggies are NOT becoming more socially accepted. People who do drugs are useless individuals to society and harm themselves and all around them. Of course drug users are going to 'endorse' drug use. Geez; just like an alcoholic thinks his/her drinking is NO problem. When doped up you're mind is not thinking clearly or thinking at all. Duh.

Arrest them all. Lock them up. Throw away the key! Tired of all the druggies stealing, robbing, to get money to buy their dope with. Commenter with no sense; Society is NOT accepting this as the 'norm.' Druggies are accepting it; drug-free intelligent folks do not. Losers do drugs. Winners keep their minds free from drugs and make good decisions. States are NOT passing legalize pot laws. Get over it druggies! You're breaking the law and we arent tolerating this any longer. Criminals are robbing folks for drugs they're so 'addicted.' Stupid can't be fixed obviously. But hey anyone doing drugs is going to be 'for it.' ALL one has to do is LOOK at the person on drugs and tell how incompetent and useless they are. Can't fix stupid. There will always be theose who WANT their illegal activity to become 'legal' and normal. It's NOT!
Mar 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM
This is ridiculous and a waste of tax payers money! Rather people like it or not, times are changing and marijuana is becoming more socially accepted.

I am actually sorry for this person that he has to deal with our legal system over such a stupid issue. I feel that WV should actually join in on this promising new industry. They should follow Colorado and legalize it for all! The amount of money that could be taken from taxes on such a new industry is exceeding expectations and more than anyone has ever thought. Granted, it is 'New' in Colorado and the taxes collected would soon find a steady trend and level off. Think about it. In one month, 2 million in taxes was collected. Granted, I am straight lining this, but in 12 months could equal 24 Million. The reasoning for straight lining is due to the limitation of data. If they would just go on a yearly rotation of "This year, all taxes collect shall go to education department"; "The Following year, all taxes collected shall go to the Highway department"; "The Following year, this money shall be placed into the rainy-day fund" (This should be the only exception on not being a department!); "The Following year, this money shall be allotted to Public Health Department" and so on until all departments are accounted for. Why can we not have the current tax system of distributing as is, and make this industry as a "Bonus cycle" of added funds to a specific Department, for a specific entity within that department that will help all West Virginians or that all West Virginians have access too. Granted, issue would arise of prioritizing the allocation of the money, but every group would be accounted for at some point in time. However, Set rules and regulations that once gave this money, They must spend it over the span of 3/4 or so years, unless there are more pressing actions. Such as the current state of the roads. Add in a stipulation if you have gained this "Bonus", you cannot gain it again until a full cycle of all department plus the 'Rainy-Day Fund' has taken place. It does not take a rocket scientist how to "balance the budget." Many would ask, why not distribute it via percentages for the year and whatnot. Take into account a small amount of cash cannot make big differences that we need. Then again, what do I know about are over complicated system.
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