Man turns over pot to cops

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By Jenny Hartley

A Lancaster County man has been charged after drug agents found 9 pounds of marijuana in his possession Thursday.

John William Catoe, 41, of 393 S. Potter Road, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with distribution of marijuana and trafficking marijuana.

Agents saw a car leave Catoe’s home and stopped it after it crossed the center line on Flat Rock Road, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. Officers smelled marijuana inside the car and searched it, but did not find any drugs, the report said.

The driver of the car had $1,000 in his possession, along with a “fighting rooster” in a wooden box, the report said.

Agents, who had outstanding warrants on Catoe for distribution and trafficking marijuana, conducted surveillance on Catoe’s home.

Agents saw Catoe drive through a field near his house and stopped him. When officers asked Catoe what he was doing, Catoe pointed to a trash bag in the back of the truck and said, “There it is,” the report said.

The bag was full of marijuana, the report said.

Catoe also had two bags of marijuana in his pockets, the report said.

In June 2008, officers received information that Catoe had a large amount of marijuana at his home. An informant working with the sheriff’s office bought a pound of marijuana at Catoe’s home and told agents that he saw another 10 to 15 pounds inside the home during the deal.

Catoe was released Friday from the Lancaster County Detention Center.

 Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151