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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:00 pm

The Murray Police Department charged a Murray man with cultivating marijuana Saturday after officers said they discovered more than 40 plants in his apartment while investigating a weapons complaint.

Officer David Townsend said the department received a call on Friday from an acquaintance of Landon Slawson, 23, of 1608 Apt. B College Farm Rd. Townsend said the caller told police that Slawson had been in his or her residence that evening and had waved a loaded gun in front of the people inside. Townsend added that Slawson had not aimed directly at the caller or threatened to shoot anyone, but that the residents felt threatened because he had allegedly been waving the weapon in their direction.

Townsend said that within 20 minutes of the initial call Friday, police located Slawson in the rear parking lot outside his apartment and initiated an arrest at approximately 8:17 p.m. He said Slawson’s appearance fit the description police had received, so officers approached him with caution, and they reported finding a concealed weapon on his person.

After searching the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, police found that the gun had been reported stolen, Townsend said. Slawson was lodged in the Calloway County Jail and police charged him with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property (firearms), MPD spokeswoman Sgt. Tracy Guge said.

Townsend said MPD also obtained a warrant the following day to search Slawson’s residence after a tip that other weapons might be inside the apartment.

“The report was that he brandished two firearms inside the (acquaintance’s) residence,” Townsend said. “One was located on the subject. The other one (was) believed to be possibly inside his residence where he lived.”

Townsend said he executed the search warrant at Slawson’s apartment shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday with the assistance of Sgt. Todd Clere and Detective Chris Garland. Once inside, they reported finding what Townsend characterized as an “elaborate” indoor marijuana growing operation. He said police seized approximately 41 marijuana plants, some equipment and other paraphernalia.

Slawson was also charged with cultivation of marijuana (five or more plants), two counts of wanton endangerment in the second degree and one count of wanton endangerment in the first degree, according to the Calloway County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Individuals facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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