Five Darby residents were arrested Thursday and Friday on a range of felony charges for growing marijuana in a home where six children were present.
Cory Levi Goodman, 30; Savanna Marie Morris, 31; Cyle Vincent Morris, 27; Kole Brian Leidner, 22; and Ali Nancy Ann Nott, 23; each face four felony charges including criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs, operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory, possession of dangerous drugs, criminal child endangerment, and a misdemeanor possession of drug para.
Goodman also faces a felony charge of evidence tampering.
According to an affidavit, in August 2017, Deputy Marshal John Ringer of the Darby Police Department received information from a confidential informant and a concerned citizen regarding a marijuana growing operation on Mill Street in Darby, as well as reports of ongoing drug distribution from the residence. Ringer started an investigation to try to verify the concerns.
On Jan. 12, 2018, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services notified Ringer that they had removed some children from the residence, and were planning to return that day to remove additional children; all six were younger than 14.
DPHHS later determined that four of the six children in the residence tested positive for cannabinoids.
When Ringer got to the house, he noted that there was a heavy odor of marijuana inside the residence, and informed the residents that he was in the process of obtaining a search warrant. Goodman allegedly said when the children were taken from the home, he had started dismantling the grow operation in the basement, and that they had “gotten carried away” with growing marijuana.
Still, Ringer seized 34 marijuana plants, about a pound of wet processed marijuana, grow lights, fertilizer pot starters, marijuana paraphernalia and marijuana seeds.
Cyle Morris had a valid medical marijuana card, but since he also had a designated marijuana provider he couldn’t grow his own.