Police seize pot, cash horde in Cannelton

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By Vince Luecke

CANNELTON - Police seized nearly $40,000 in cash and more than a pound of marijuana from a Cannelton home late Monday night, leading to the arrest of the owner and his ex-wife.

Cannelton Sgt. Eric Dickenson said Edward "Junior" Harrison Jr., 72, of 301 Fourth St. and Mary Harrison, 60, of 314 Cavender St., Cannelton, were jailed on charges of possessing and dealing in marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the county jail before dawn. They were released Tuesday after posting separate bails of $1,831.

Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Kratzer said he received information Monday night that someone was dealing marijuana from Edward Harrison's mobile home at 301 Fourth St. Police obtained a warrant to search the trailer shortly before midnight and allegedly located several packages of marijuana, including more than a 1-pound plastic bag inside a chest freezer.

Edward and Mary Harrison were arrested at the scene. Officers said the cash, much of it in $100 bills, was located in a number of locations, including wall hangings in the living room and stuffed inside envelopes and billfolds.

Dickenson said the money is being held as evidence in the drug investigation. Officials could seek forfeiture of the cash, which totaled $39,242.

Not included in the total was approximately $3,000 found in Edward Harrison's pants, Dickenson said.

Ten guns, including several rifles, were taken from the home, along with ammunition. Officers assisting at the scene and in the investigation were Cannelton Police Chief Kenny Kellems and city officers Mike Humphrey, Micah Jackson, Jeff Dickenson and Jeff Varner.