Man gets probation in drug sentence

300 marijuana plants found in resident’s home last year

A Bargersville man was sentenced to probation and home detention after police found nearly 300 marijuana plants at his home last year.

Larry Dean Miller, 44, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of marijuana, growing or cultivating marijuana with a prior conviction, and was sentenced to a year on home detention and two-and-a-half years on probation, according to court records.

Miller was arrested last year after police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency found hundreds of marijuana plants growing in a barn just outside of Johnson County.

This is the second time Miller has been convicted of a felony after police found a marijuana growing operation. He previously was arrested in 2012, when a recently dismantled growing operation was found in the 5500 block of Stones Crossing Road. In that case, he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

In the most recent case, police got a search warrant for Miller’s home and property off Banta Road, just on the other side of the Morgan County line. Multiple police agencies, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Indiana State Police, were involved in the search.

Police found a marijuana growing operation with 289 plants, including 194 plants ready for harvest, grow lights, timers, ventilation, fans and watering buckets, police reports said. Miller was arrested and taken to the Morgan County jail.

Miller pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year in Morgan County Superior Court 1. He already has begun serving his sentence on home detention, court records said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.