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Manager of local medical marijuana facility arrested

The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway is reporting the manager of a Newport medical marijuana growing facility has been arrested for growing marijuana in his Jonesboro apartment.

The Conway paper reports while Jonesboro police were raiding the apartment on Jan. 23, confiscating marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, armed enforcement agents for Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division were inside the Newport medical marijuana cultivation center where the apartment’s resident, identified as Nicholas Christian Nielsen, 40, worked.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports Rich Olson, a former lead grower at the Newport facility licensed to Natural State Wellness Enterprises, told the paper that he became concerned early-on about the management of the facility.

Olson said Nielsen fired him following the bust, believing he tipped authorities off to his illegal grow operation. Agents learned the origins of the marijuana being grown in the legal facility in Newport came from Nielsen’s home, Olson told the paper.

To read the complete article from the Log Cabin Democrat, click here.

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