Three Charged in Montgomery County Pot Bust

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

Montgomery County authorities arrested three people who allegedly grew 240 marijuana plants in their mobile home west of Magnolia near the Waller county line.

"They actually simulated the growth patterns of the sun," said a Montgomery County undercover investigator involved in the raid on Tuesday.

Danielle Hagler, 30, Jonathan Daniel, 34, and John Vinson, 36, were jailed for their suspected role in the creation of a hydroponic grow lab.

Nature, not normally found within these four walls is exactly where authorities said they needed it, so they simulated their own with the use of lights and chemicals.

"In our area a pound of hydroponic marijuana has a street value of 5,500-dollars," said the investigator.

Mexican marijuana, he said, is much cheaper and goes for around 400-dollars a pound. Even with the price difference, he said within the past few years sixty to seventy-percent of street arrests involving marijuana in Montgomery County are due to the possesison of hydroponic weed.

"We don't want them in our county and I know the other counties don't want them either," said the investigator.

Hagler, Daniel and Vinson are charged with possession of Marijuana. Vinson, a convicted felon, is also charged with unlawful possesion of a firearm by a felon. The three are expected to face an additional charge of engaging in organized crime activity by Thursday, said the investigator.

As of Wednesday, they are still in the Montgomery County jail, a place where they won't be finding or creating nature anytime soon.

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