WALLA WALLA -- A judge has granted a defense motion to postpone the trial of a Burbank man suspected of unlawfully growing marijuana on his property last spring.
The proceedings in the case against Timothy G. Casey, 51, of 425 E. Sunset Drive, now are set to begin June 5. The delay from the previous trial setting of this Tuesday was requested by the defense to allow time for a Centralia-based physician, Dr. Gregory Carter, to examine Casey to prepare for a medical-marijuana defense.
Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht set the new trial date in a letter opinion filed Tuesday. The trial initially was scheduled for August, but has been postponed several times.
Casey has pleaded innocent to one count of manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop and while armed with a firearm, and one count of possessing the controlled substance with the intent to deliver it.
Officials say 39 suspected marijuana plants were located in a metal shop in the back of Casey's property when a search warrant was served May 27.
The shop contained two grow rooms, one of which was behind a hidden wall and another that was under the floor, according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.
A medical marijuana permit was displayed on a wall, but not more than 15 plants are allowed by law unless a doctor can testify more is needed for a person's treatment.
Authorities also located a processing, packing and resale room in another metal building on the property, the Sheriff's Office report says. Among items allegedly discovered were about five ounces of marijuana, a drying rack, scales and hundreds of various-sized plastic packaging bags.
Officials obtained the search warrant after receiving information that Casey "had been moving pounds of marijuana for at least the last 16 months," according to the Sheriff's Office report.
During the search at the residence, authorities also found "a handful of firearms," including two loaded handguns in the processing/packaging/resale room, the report says.
Casey was arrested, but was released from the County Jail the following day after $25,000 cash bail was posted.
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