Burbank man sentenced for growing more than 200 marijuana plants


WALLA WALLA - A man accused of growing more than 200 marijuana plants and possessing other drugs at his Burbank residence last spring pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to three felonies and was sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Douglas H. Brown, 58, of 158 Ray Blvd., entered guilty pleas in Walla Walla County Superior Court to possessing marijuana and cocaine with the intent to deliver the controlled substances, and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Judge John Lohrmann then sentenced Brown to a prison term of 28 months, which is near the low end of the 26- to 34-month penalty he faced. The prosecution had recommended a 26-month sentence and agreed to drop 10 other charges.

Brown told Lohrmann before the sentence was imposed, "I'm sorry for the inconvenience and problems I've caused the courts in Walla Walla County."

Lohrmann gave Brown credit for the two days he served in the County Jail before being released on bond. Lohrmann also placed Brown on a year of community custody, a form of probation, when he gets out of prison.

The charges against Brown stemmed from tips authorities received that his home was the site of a marijuana growing operation.

They took thermal images of the residence and, in a search April 29, discovered two marijuana grow rooms with 250 plants in three stages of growth under four different light systems, officials said.

Cocaine, packaging materials, electronic scales and psilocybin mushrooms reportedly were found in a bedroom. Discovered in Brown's dresser drawer was fentanyl, for which he had no prescription, according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

Deputies also found in Brown's residence eight firearms, which he isn't allowed to possess because he has a history of drug and prescription fraud convictions, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Brown wasn't home when officials arrived to serve the search warrant. But he returned when they still were there and was arrested. He was released from jail May 1 after bond was posted.

Brown has a medical marijuana card, but it doesn't cover the type of grow operation at the home or the number of plants, according to authorities.

Brown initially was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possessing it with intent to deliver, possessing cocaine with the intent to deliver, and possessing psilocybin mushrooms and fentanyl. He also was accused of eight counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.


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