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Farmer charged with cultivating marijuana

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Union County Sheriff's Office
As seen in this photo supplied by the Union County Sheriff's Office, law-enforcement officers found a sophisticated pot-growing operation when they raided the Wayward Seed Farm on Fladt Road this summer.

A co-founder of Wayward Seed Farm is due in Union County Common Pleas Court Nov. 4 after the county prosecutor's office filed charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools against him Oct. 16.

Adam Welly, 32, of Marysville, was indicted by a grand jury on charges he grew marijuana on the Union County farm.

Prosecutors also filed paperwork saying they intend to seize the 5 acres and the house at 14950 Fladt Road, Marysville, that Union County sheriff's deputies raided in August.

Welly and Jaime Moore co-founded Wayward Seed Farm in 2006. The business runs a successful food co-op in central Ohio and delivers fresh produce to many high-end restaurants in Columbus.

Moore runs farmers markets in Bexley, Dublin and Worthington. She ended a personal relationship with Welly in early 2012 and has said she knew nothing about the marijuana operation.

Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said the investigation uncovered nothing that indicated that the Wayward business or Moore were involved in growing marijuana.

According to Moore, she and Welly co-own the Union County property, but it had not been used for business purposes for years.

Wayward Seed's main farm is in Madison County and Moore has a business office in Worthington.

Welly lived at the Fladt Road farm with his girlfriend at the time of the raid, authorities said.

Deputies raided the Union County property after receiving a tip. They found 564 marijuana plants outside and some processed pot inside. Detectives said it was a sophisticated operation, with the plants growing under cover outdoors with an irrigation system.

If grown to maturity, officials said, the plants would have produced enough marijuana to be worth about $560,000 on the street.