SPRUNICA — A Brown County man was charged with multiple felonies in November after police served a warrant on his home in March and reported finding almost 10 pounds of dried marijuana, an ounce of psychedelic mushrooms and a marijuana grow operation.
Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis filed charges Nov. 21 against Casey R. Greene, 46, of Sprunica Road. A special prosecutor was assigned to the case because Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams had a conflict of interest.
In a request for the appointment of the special prosecutor, Adams wrote that he was reminded by his contractor that Adams had sub-contracted Greene to perform labor in his house and had paid Greene for that labor.
“Said relationship could have the appearance of impropriety,” Adams wrote.
Brown County sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police and Indiana conservation officers served a search warrant March 29 at a pole barn on Greene’s property.
Brown County Det. Paul Henderson’s report said that he found Eric Olmstead, 52, in the barn near a door that led into a part of the barn that was sectioned off. Police found Greene inside that room along with about 125 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity, the affidavit states.
Next to where Greene was standing was a file cabinet that contained multiple packages of dried marijuana, varying in size from 1 ounce to about 1 pound, according to the affidavit. Multiple glass jars containing varying amounts of dried marijuana were also found inside a tool bag in the filing cabinet, the affidavit states.
Henderson also reported finding about 1.1 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, a Schedule I controlled substance.
In the same barn, police said they found several large packages of dried marijuana that had been vacuum-sealed.
Inside the home on the property, police reported finding nearly $7,000 inside a lock box in Greene’s bedroom, along with scales. They also reported finding a glass pipe with burnt marijuana in a dresser, an expired driver’s license that belonged to Greene and a small amount of marijuana in a baggie.
A Betty Boop makeup compact that contained a white powdery residue and a razor blade were found in the bedroom, the report said.
Three long guns and one handgun were also seized from Greene’s bedroom, police said.
In a back room of the home, police reported finding a trash bag with leaves and stems from marijuana inside.
Henderson reported the total weight of all of the dried marijuana was about 9.3 pounds. That did not include the weight of the live plants or the bag of steams and leaves.
All money seized from the property totaled $7,217. Greene had about $231 in his wallet.
On Nov. 21, Greene was charged with dealing in marijuana, a Level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance — controlled substances, a Level 6 felony; and possessing unprocessed ginseng out of season, a Class B misdemeanor. The ginseng misdemeanor stems from an incident April 7 that was not mentioned in this police report.
Greene and Olmstead were booked into the Brown County jail March 29 and were released the same evening, Olmstead on $1,000 bond and Greene on $11,500 bond.
Olmstead was charged in March with visiting a common nuisance — controlled substances, a Class B misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in August to serve two days in jail and pay $240 in fines and court costs, according to online court records.
This is not Greene’s first drug-dealing charge. In 2011, a jury found him guilty of dealing in marijuana, hash oil or hashish, a Class C felony, possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish, a Class D felony; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. He received a five-year sentence, with 180 days of it in jail and two years on probation. The court allowed him to spend the last 60 days of his sentence on home detention. He successfully completed probation in April 2016, according to online court records.