BUCYRUS — Tony Perry, 44, of Tiro pleaded guilty to illegal cultivation of marijuana and possessing weapons under disability when he appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.
In a plea negotiation, Perry will spend the next five years in prison. He will forfeit over 17 guns, two safes, several knives, $116 in cash, along with other items, to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
Judge Sean Leuthold gave Perry a stern lecture about any kind of drugs being sold in Crawford County. Leuthold said he’d looked carefully at Perry’s very intricate operation cultivating large amounts of marijuana. He noted that he suspected guns and knives were being traded for the marijuana.
“This is not the case of some guy who’s growing marijuana because he has glaucoma,” Leuthold said. “This was a business. When there are drugs and guns and a child in the vicinity of where this is going on. I will not tolerate it.”
Leuthold warned that any drugs sold in Crawford County will not be permitted.
“Some people may say it’s only marijuana, but it brings a criminal element into our county. You have created a dangerous situation and it will not be tolerated ever,” Leuthold reiterated.
When asked if he had anything to say before sentencing, Perry apologized for being a burden on the court and the state.
Perry will receive credit for jail time served and will pay a $7500 fine.
Leuthold warned Perry, “I don’t know where you’re going to live when you get out but if you’re going to stay in Crawford County you’re going to obey the law.”