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Walker escapes jail time for pot
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A man who told police he was growing pot in his house for experimental purposes has escaped jail time, but will be lighter in the wallet.The man, Derrick L. Walker, 20, was granted a two-year judicial diversion by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on the charge of manufacture of marijuana. The diversion means he can have his criminal record erased as long as he gets into no further trouble during his two years on probation. In addition to the probationary sentence, Walker was ordered to pay a $2,000 drug fine and he must perform 40 hours public service work.Walker was hit with the charges when admitted ownership of the drug-growing equipment and marijuana found by police inside his Winding Way home.McMinnville police officer Ben Cantrell went to check out the house after police received an anonymous call there was marijuana being grown inside the home where a small child was also living.When officer Cantrell arrived, Walker’s wife admitted marijuana was being grown in the house and allowed him to search the residence.“In the back bedroom a wooden box wrapped in aluminum foil that contained five small marijuana plants, one large marijuana plant, three heating lamps, a dehumidifier, a fan and a water filtration system were found,” Cantrell said in his warrant against Mr. Walker.