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HAMILTON – Two members of the Stoner family were charged with growing marijuana at their family home in Corvallis this week.

Rodney Ray Stoner, 57 and his son, Adam Lee Stoner, 24, appeared this week before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on felony drug charges after Ravalli County sheriff’s deputies allegedly discovered a grow operation at the elder Stoner’s home.

The charging affidavit in the case said a former Baltimore law enforcement officer and a relative of the Stoners tipped off law enforcement to the alleged grow operation at 877 McWilliams Drive.

The man told deputies that Rodney Stoner had showed his wife and children the plants growing in a home-built room in an unattached garage.

A deputy asked the children – ages 12 and 14 – what they had seen, and they confirmed the plants were marijuana. They told the deputy they had taken a DARE class and had seen photos of the plant.

A search of the elder Stoner’s home allegedly recovered five marijuana plants, processed marijuana, marijuana pipes and grinders. Four clonazepam tablets were also allegedly found in the bedroom of the son. He did not have a prescription for the drug.

The younger Stoner told officers the marijuana belonged to him and that his father allowed him to grow it in the home.

Adam Stoner was charged with criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both felonies. He also faces misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rodney Stoner was charged with felony accountability for criminal production of dangerous drugs. He’s charged with the same misdemeanor counts as his son.

Clute released both men on their own recognizance.

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Reporter Perry Backus can be reached at 363-3300 or at pbackus@ravallirepublic.com.

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Northwest Montana Reporter

Ravalli Republic Associate Editor