Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Growing Marijuana
(Norfolk, Va) - Adam Ray Pipkin, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to growing hundreds of marijuana plants in an Alanton residence rented by another person. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Pipkin’s guilty plea was accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Pipkin will be sentenced on May 3, 2010, and faces a maximum term of 40 years in prison for the two-counts of maintaining drug-involved premises.
According to court records, following an investigation, Virginia Beach Special Investigation Division detectives obtained a search warrant for an East Alanton neighborhood residence in Virginia Beach. Executing the warrant on a day Pipkin was seen leaving the residence; detectives recovered 265 marijuana plants growing in pots, along with lighting equipment, growing materials, containers, boxes and other materials related to growing marijuana. The investigation uncovered the grow operation before mature plants could have flooded the streets of Virginia Beach with high-grade marijuana. The investigation also uncovered a storage unit, and pursuant to another search warrant detectives recovered fluorescent lighting, white glow lamps, white transformer, green sponge-grow blocks, and instructional magazines for growing marijuana. According to court records, Pipkin had been recruited to grow marijuana plants for another individual in the Alanton residence.
Today’s announcement is the result of the investigative teamwork of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia Beach Police Department, Special Investigations Division. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin M. Comstock is prosecuting the case for the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.