Trial delayed in drug-grow case

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WALLA WALLA — The trial of a Burbank man accused of unlawfully growing marijuana on his property last year has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

The proceedings in the case against Timothy G. Casey, 52, of 425 E. Sunset Drive, most recently had been set for last week. But Casey’s attorneys asked for more time in seeking a medical-marijuana defense and one of medical necessity under the common law.

The trial initially was slated for August 2011, but has been continued several times. A new date hasn’t been scheduled, but the trial could occur as late as next August.

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, 2011.

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 next day after cash bail was posted.

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