A report of domestic violence led to the discovery of 50 indoor-grown marijuana plants, drug seizures in two cities and three arrests. The Belvidere Police Narcotics Unit concluded a drug investigation Wednesday that began five days earlier when officers were dispatched to a domestic violence call.
Police were dispatched to the 500 block of East Jackson Street on Saturday in reference to a domestic dispute. Officers arrived to discover a cannabis-growing operation in the residence. Police obtained a warrant, searched the residence and found more than 50 Cannabis sativa plants, packaged cannabis, drug paraphernalia and growing equipment.
Narcotics officers arrested Jeffrey S. Royster, 32, of Caledonia, on a charge of battery and one count of unlawful production of cannabis, a Class 3 felony. Royster is being held in the Boone County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Kelly Lawton, 51, of Belvidere was charged with unlawful production of Cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony. Lawton was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond.
The investigation eventually led police to Rochelle, where on Wednesday Belvidere police narcotic officers and Rochelle police officers searched a residence in the 900 block of Sixth Street. The officers seized cannabis, drug paraphernalia and cash and arrested Earl R. Richards, 27, of Rochelle on a charge of unlawful production of Cannabis sativa plants.