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Sheriff seizes 46 pot plants from Brighton Township home


BRIGHTON TWP. — Deputies seized 46 marijuana plants from a home on state Route 18 and charged a couple living at the home with felony cultivation of marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report.

Kathy Taylor, 48, told officers she thought the plants under grow lights were tomatoes, according to a sheriff’s report.

Taylor told officers the plants belonged to her boyfriend, Darren Lassiter Jr., 45, owner of Lassiter Plastering.

They both face a drug paraphernalia charge as well as the charge of felony cultivation of marijuana. Taylor was booked into the Lorain County Jail on Tuesday and Lassiter was booked into the jail on Wednesday. Both are free after posting $2,750 bond.

The plants were found at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after a deputy was dispatched to 49686 state Route 18 to assist a caller in picking up her granddaughter, according to the report.

When deputies arrived, Taylor said the child was in Cleveland with her father and signed a consent-to-search form, according to the report.

While looking for the child in an upstairs bedroom, deputies found plants growing in a closet under a grow light and reflective backing along the wall.

While searching the finished basement, a large black enclosure was located and upon unzipping the enclosure, more plants with a grow light were found, according to the report.

Deputies saw a miniature green house on the kitchen counter with a grow light that included smaller plants believed to be marijuana, too, according to the report.

Taylor told deputies that they are the only people living at the home and that while she doesn’t smoke marijuana, Lassiter does.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or

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