Most charges are dropped in case

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A resolution was reached Monday in the marijuana case against owners of the Parkway Feed animal store.

Last June, Diana O'Dell and Dewey Crager had their 6155 Lower Lake Road residence raided by the Sheriff's Office Felony Investigations Unit, which found 338 marijuana plants, $17,000 in cash and more than a pound of marijuana bagged among several packages, authorities said.

The cash was found in a file with medical marijuana recommendations, authorities said. They said they also found ledger-keeping records of transactions.

The pair were facing charges of maintaining a place for drugs, marijuana cultivation and possessing marijuana for sale.

As part of a plea deal, the charges against O'Dell, 62, were dismissed and Crager, 67, has entered a no-contest plea for possession of more than an ounce of marijuana.

Crager received three years of informal probation; he must pay $866 in fines, and he is prohibited from growing marijuana.

O'Dell agreed to forfeit the $17,000authorities confiscated as part of her plea deal.

"Given the evidentiary problems that arose after the case was filed we entered into this plea agreement," said Assistant District Attorney Katherine Micks.

She declined to elaborate.

Earlier this month, defense attorneys in the case filed a motion to dismiss the charges against their clients and to exclude the marijuana from being used as evidence after one of the lawyers attempted to access the marijuana from the Sheriff's Office, but it could not be located, according to the defendant's motion.

The DA's Office did not file a response.

"It is always difficult for persons accused of crimes in a small community to erase the damage from a false accusation," stated O'Dell's attorney, Patrik Griego, in an e-mail. "Ms. O'Dell is a wonderful asset to the people and pets of Crescent City and is a law-abiding citizen ... She looks forward to moving on with her life."

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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