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Indoor marijuana-growing operation found

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By The Staff

A traffic stop early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, led police to a residence where an indoor marijuana growing operation and one and a half pounds of marijuana were found.   Bardstown Police Officer Patrick Stucker stopped Christopher T. Bartley, 36, of Bardstown, for careless or reckless driving. During the traffic stop, the officer also found marijuana. Information from the stop led to the execution of a search warrant at 178 Purcell Ave. at about 4:30 a.m. According to a Bardstown Police Department press release, the police found two of the three bedrooms were being used to grow marijuana. Items found that are used for cultivating marijuana include grow lights, timers, potting soil and ballasts. The residence was leased by Jessie Newton, 31, of Loretto.   "I do have a signed lease (by Newton) dated for Jan. 12. He rented the house we did the search warrant on," Coombs said. "Someone was living in it; There was one bedroom with a child's bed, so social services will be notified as well."   Bardstown Police Officer Andrew Riley stopped Newton late Wednesday night. He was arrested and charged with contempt of court stemming from an active warrant from Jefferson County, Bardstown Police Detective Larry Coombs said.   "He gave a written confession statement about the indoor grow," Coombs said. "I haven't charged him with any of the drug offenses yet."   Newton could face charges of trafficking in marijuana, drug paraphernalia, first offense, and possession of marijuana for his alleged involvement.   Bartley was arrested on charges unrelated to the residence.   Coombs said the case would be presented to a Nelson County grand jury for consideration.