Sheriff's deputies make pot-growing busts in Potsdam, Edwards, Gouverneur
Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:53 am

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies and Drug Task Force made four arrests in recent days, cracking down on pot growers who allegedly cultivate plants in their backyards.

• Adam J. Gonyea, 22, 51 Sisson Rd., Potsdam, was charged after deputies received a complaint from a Potsdam resident who reported finding several pot plants on his property in a wooded area.

When deputies arrived, Gonyea was found hiding in the woods holding onto what appeared to be several pot plants. He reportedly fled on foot from the scene, later turning himself in to deputies at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies recovered 13 marijuana plants from the property.

They were assisted on the scene by Potsdam Village Police and state police.

He was issued appearance tickets for Potsdam Town Court on Oct. 13.

• Joseph C. Weaver, 29, 890 River Rd., Edwards, was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana at 8:25 a.m. Friday.

He allegedly had pot plants growing in the backyard of his residence.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Edwards Town Court on Oct. 11.

• Danny L. Holmes, 46, 289 County Rt. 11, Gouverneur, was charged with unlawful growing of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana on Thursday for allegedly having pot plants growing on property behind his residence.

In addition, Holmes and Matthew A. Langille, 29, Gouverneur, were found to be in possession of a glass pipe and a small baggie of marijuana.

Langille was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were issued tickets to appear in Gouverneur Town Court on Oct. 20.

Deputies say anyone who finds marijuana growing on their property is urged to report it to the sheriff's office at 379-2222.