BROWN COUNTY (KSNT) – The Brown County Sherriff’s Office was called to Hiawatha Sunday on a report of a child in need and learned that illegal drug activity was also taking place. Three other individuals were also arrested on marijuana-related crimes among other charges.

A deputy on the scene reported the “overwhelming” smell of marijuana emanating from the home. Eric Clary, 50, and Starlette Clary, 37, both of Hiawatha, were arrested on the following charges:

  • Felony cultivate controlled substance < 50 plants
  • Felony no drug tax stamp
  • Felony child endangerment
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Deputies found cultivated marijuana plants growing in plastic five gallon buckets, grow lights and approximately 15 grams of marijuana, all of which were taken in as evidence.

Additionally, deputies arrested three other individuals in separate marijuana possession cases. On Christmas day, Joselyn Davis, 20, was pulled over east of Hiawatha for going over 100 mph. Both Davis and passenger Quinn Gamino, 20, were arrested on possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges. Gamino also picked up a possession of hallucinogenic charge.

On Monday night, Grant Amon, 18, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“We have a lot of proactive officers on patrol,” Sheriff John Merchant said. “Marijuana these days has such a high THC content that it becomes an addictive drug and we just have no tolerance of it.”