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Drug buy leads to a pound of marijuana

HOUSTON — A Hokah man faces multiple felonies after authorities say he sold a quarter-pound of marijuana — and had another full pound in his home.

Lawrence Antonio Moore Ellen, 43, has been charged in Houston County District Court with fourth-degree controlled substance sale and four counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime, all felonies.

His next court appearance is set for Oct. 12.

The charges stem from an arranged drug buy earlier this month; Ellen had agreed to sell an undercover officer a quarter-pound of marijuana, the complaint says.

After the $1,175 deal was completed, officials arrested Ellen and searched his home, court documents say.


Ellen was carrying two cell phones, $1,500 in cash — not including the $1,175 — and a plastic bag containing marijuana. Inside the home, authorities allegedly found a pound of marijuana individually wrapped in 13 plastic bags, four additional bags of marijuana in the kitchen, a drug ledger and instructions for making THC oil and a grocery bag of marijuana paraphernalia.

The fourth-degree count carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both. Two of the fifth-degree charges are punishable by up to five years in prison; two carry a 10-year maximum penalty.

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