By: Patti Weaver

(Cushing, Okla.) — A 57-year-old Cushing man has been charged with growing marijuana at his rural residence in the 2600 block of E. 9th Street in a case investigated by the Payne County Sheriff’s Office.

An arrest warrant was issued for Cecil Lin Kinsley on Aug. 21, but he has not yet appeared in court on the felony charge that carries a maximum penalty of a 10-year prison term and a $50,000 fine on conviction.

Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Miller was sent shortly before noon on July 10 to the Cushing Police Department “for a stand-by to keep-the-peace call,” according to his affidavit.

“On arrival, I learned that I was responding to 2606 E. 9th,” but it turned out Kinsley was not there and there was no issue, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

About four hours later, the deputy was sent back to the residence due to a woman possibly urging a dog to attack the reporting party, the affidavit alleged.

The reporting party claimed that marijuana was being grown on the property, the affidavit alleged.

“I asked her if she knew where and she pointed to the left side of the front door on the porch. I then looked in that direction and observed marijuana leaves in a flower pot on the front porch,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

“I then spoke to Cecil and asked him about the plants and he advised they belonged to his neighbor and the neighbor had a medical marijuana card. I learned from him that no person living at the residence had a marijuana card,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

“Cecil advised he was the only person who had knowledge of the plants,” the affidavit alleged.

“I then photographed the plants and then seized the three plants,” which were between seven and 10 inches tall, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

“Later at the office, I tested a small bud from one of the plants and it tested positive for being marijuana,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.