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Police bust a pot growing operation in upscale Lexington neighborhood

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Two people face charges after police say they grew marijuana in an upscale Lexington neighborhood.

Lexington Police say they found dozens of pot plants growing inside a home in the Firebrook neighborhood, off Harrodsburg Road in Lexington.

46-year-old Leah Atkinson and 57-year-old James Hamilton were arrested at the corner of Military Pike and Harrodsburg Road, according to an arrest citation.

Both are now charged with cultivation and marijuana trafficking, among other things.

Police say they found 50 marijuana plants worth between $50,000 and $100,000 in the home.

According to the arrest report, Atkinson lives at the home.

After hearing of the arrests, those living in the Firebrook neighborhood say it's a little unexpected.

Other say there have been rumors of drugs coming from that house for months.

Police say both Atkinson and Hamilton had cocaine in the car they were in when they were arrested Wednesday night.

In court on Thursday, both pleaded not guilty to charges. The attorney for Atkinson asked for a bond reduction, but the judge denied it.

The bond is currently set at $35,500.

Judge Maria Ransdell says Atkinson has a prior federal conviction and if it was up to her, Atkinson's bond would be raised.

Atkinson's attorney says his client is out on supervised release from federal prison for a similar crime.

Hamilton is free on a $3,550 bond.

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