4 indicted in marijuana grow operation in Montgomery County

Four people were indicted Thursday in connection with a marijuana cultivation and distribution organization, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Travis L. Brunk, 35, of Dayton; Michael J. Hoover, 49, of Dayton; Billy J. Peyton, 29, of Springboro; and Heather L. Peyton, 30, of Dayton, were indicted for their ties to the grow operation.

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The Tactical Crime Suppression Unit was notified of the grow operation in September 2017, according to the release. 

The investigation resulted in search warrants being conducted at seven locations, including 1107 Linden Ave., 730 Wilfred Ave., 119 Volkenand Ave., 4148 Woodcliffe Ave. and 849 Alverno Ave. in Dayton; 4219 Wilmington Pike in Kettering; and 20 Cinnamon Court in Springboro, according to the press release.

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More than 100 pounds of processed marijuana, 130 pounds of marijuana plants, 16 firearms, over $36,000 in cash, marijuana growing equipment and other items were discovered during the searches, according to the release.

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The Montgomery County grand jury handed down the following indictments:

Travis L. Brunk:

  • One count of illegal cultivation of marihuana greater than 20,000 grams with a firearm specification
  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 20,000 grams but  less than 40,000 grams with a firearm specification
  • One count of possession of criminal tools

Michael J. Hoover:

  • One count of illegal cultivation of marihuana greater than 1,000 grams but less than 5,000 grams
  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 1,000 grams but less than 5,000 grams
  • One count of possession of a defaced firearm
  • One count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance
  • One count of possession of criminal tools

Billy J. Peyton:

  • One count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity
  • Two counts of illegal cultivation of marihuana greater than 20,000 grams
  • One count of possession of hashish greater than 200 grams but less than 400 grams
  • Two counts of possession of marihuana greater than 20,000 grams but less than 40,000 grams
  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 40,000 grams
  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 1,000 grams but less than 5,000 grams
  • One count of illegal cultivation of marihuana greater than 1,000 grams
  • Five counts of aggravated possession of drugs
  • Three counts of possession of criminal tools
  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 200 grams but less than 100 grams
  • One count of possession of drugs

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Heather L. Peyton

  • One count of possession of marihuana greater than 200 grams but  less than 1,000 grams

Arrest warrants have been issued for each defendant, according to the release. 

They are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 9.

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