(Stillwater) — A Perkins man who appeared in court last week on a charge alleging that he cultivated marijuana in his back yard was arraigned Thursday on another charge accusing him of concealing a 12-gauge shotgun that was stolen from a Glencoe man.
    Billy Joe Guinn, 28, was allowed to remaiin free on a personal recognizance bond Thursday and ordered to return to court Dec. 7 when he can ask for a preliminary hearing on both felony charges.
    Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregg Russell wrote in an affidavit that he received information about noon Sept. 23 that Guinn “was possibly in possession of a stolen computer and he was growing marijuana at his residence,” in the 5400 block of Spiva Lane in Perkins.
    With Deputy Bill Myers and state narcotics agent Chad Johnson, Russell went to the residence where Guinn’s girlfriend — who said they live there with their two children — gave permission to search the yard for marijuana plants, the affidavit alleged.
    After approximately 20 marijuana plants were found in the back yard and another plant was discovered hanging upside down outside a closet door in the master bedroom, Guinn arrived home and told the deputy that all the plants were his — that his girlfriend didn’t have anything to do with them, the affidavit alleged.
    When a search warrant was granted for the property, 24 mature marijuana plants were found growing in the back yard, the affidavit alleged.
    Inside the home were several rifles, shotguns and handguns — all loaded — and one 410 shotgun with the barrel and stock cut off, along with gravity scales, several smoking pipes with an odor of burnt marijuana, six water pipes, nine Xanax pills, fertilizers and pesticide dust, the affidavit alleged.
    “Guinn advised me that all of the marijuana plants were planted and maintained by him,” Deputy Russell alleged in his affidavit.
    The deputy later learned that a 12-gauge shotgun found in Guinn’s residence had been reported as lost or stolen on Aug. 3, according to another affidavit by Russell.
    The owner said that he had taken his vehicle to Harris Service Station in Perkins the day he discovered the gun was missing from his vehicle, the affidavit alleged.
    Guinn was then working at the service station, the affidavit said.
    The owner of the shotgun said, “Guinn most likely stole the gun when he had his vehicle in the shop getting the oil changed,” the affidavit alleged.
    If convicted of cultivating marijuana, Guinn could be given from two years to life in prison and a $50,000 fine, court records show. If convicted of a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, he could be incarcerated for an additional year and fined $1,000, court records show.
    If convicted of concealing a stolen Remington 12-gauge shotgun from the owner, Guinn could be given a five-year prison term and a $500 fine, court records show.

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