Marijuana Growing Operation Discovered in Bates City

| February 5, 2013
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A Bates City resident was taken into custody Monday after Lafayette County deputies served a search warrant at his home and found a marijuana-growing operation.  Christopher Zevecke, 31, has been charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a firearm.  According to the report, deputies removed approximately 63 marijuana plants from the residence, as well as heat lamps, and fertilizer.  Zevecke is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Law enforcement originally responded to the home following the report of loud explosions by neighbors.  Zevecke told authorities the sounds originated from a plastic cooler being blown up with what he described as an M80 firecracker.  No other explosives were found during the search.

Press Release:

On the morning of February 4, 2013, deputies arrested Christopher Zevecke, age 31 of Bates City after serving a search warrant at his residence on Copenhaver Road.  A deputy responded to Zevecke’s residence on January 30th after neighbors complained of loud explosions at the residence that shook the ground.  The deputy discovered a plastic cooler that had been blown up with what Zevecke described as an M80 firecracker.

A search warrant was obtained in order to search the residence and premises for additional explosives and explosive making materials.  Two ATF agents and deputies served the warrant on the morning of February 4th.  No additional explosives or materials were found.  However, during the search, a large Marijuana growing operation was discovered in the outbuildings of the residence.

Lafayette County deputies and the Narcotic Unit spent 6 hours removing approximately 63 marijuana plants, heat lamps, fertilizer and a book on growing marijuana.  Officers also discovered a firearm at the residence.

Zevecke has been charged with a B Felony of Distribution, Delivery, Manufacture or Production of a Controlled substance, a C Felony of Unlawful Use of a Firearm, 3 counts, C Felony of Possession of a controlled substance and a D Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Zevecke is currently being held at the Lafayette County Jail with a $100,000 cash bond.

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