Finley man facing federal marijuana charges

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A Marion County man is facing federal charges for growing marijuana.
Eric M. Thomas was indicted Nov. 6 in the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. He has been charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing marijuana with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, which are considered a Schedule I controlled substance. He has also been charged with knowingly using and maintaining premises for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using controlled substances (marijuana).
The indictment reads that these offenses took place on or about July 12. The premises in question is 5550 Calvary Road in Finley.
The indictment also reads that Thomas could face between five and 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million or both on the first charge. On the second charge, he could be facing up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both.
Editor’s note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.