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Scott County search yields 200 pot plants, two arrests

Rain Smith • Mar 15, 2018 at 12:46 PM

GATE CITY — Police have reportedly uncovered more than 200 pot plants and 20 pounds of processed marijuana in Duffield, netting the arrest of a father and son and the seizure of over a half-million dollars’ worth of product.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday’s haul was the culmination of a year-long investigation. Scott County officers, ATF agents and members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force descended on 774 Speers Valley Road, armed with both search warrants and arrest warrants.

Plants subsequently located on the property have a value of more than $600,000, according to investigators. Meanwhile, more than 20 pounds of processed marijuana discovered there is said to be worth more than $40,000. A pair of handguns, a Suzuki ATV and a tandem axle trailer were also seized, along with more than $8,000 in cash.

Authorities arrested Claude Gene Sloan, 76, and his son, Keith Allen Sloan, 48. Both face charges of distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and being felons in possession of firearms.

Claude Sloan is now in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon while Keith Sloan is in the Duffield facility. Both are being held without bond.

An investigation is continuing with additional charges pending, both on the state and federal level.

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