Talent man arrested after 100 pounds of pot found in home

Police arrested a man Thursday on multiple drug charges, including marijuana manufacture in a home, after officers found more than 100 pounds of cannabis and a small amount of heroin inside a Talent residence.

Police responded to the house in the 300 block of Arnos Street initially because of a report of a domestic disturbance, according to a news release.

They found Hezekiah Cloud Staples, 38, whom Talent police had been looking for since Jan. 30, when he allegedly eluded officers in a vehicle.

In that case, an officer tried to pull Staples over on a traffic violation at 11:43 a.m. while driving on Rapp Road, according to Lt. Jennifer Snook. Staples sped away, Snook said, abandoning his car near Adams Road and continuing to flee on foot. Staples is listed as a Grants Pass resident in court records, but reportedly had been staying at the Arnos Street home off and on, living with an acquaintance. There were also two children in the home.

Following the Thursday domestic disturbance call, officers conducted an investigation and found the marijuana and heroin. Police suspect Staples had been manufacturing highly concentrated cannabis extracts in the home, Snook said.

Police arrested Staples on charges of unlawful possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana, possession of heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, child neglect, elude and reckless driving. He was booked in the Jackson County Jail, but was released on his own recognizance. There was no information in court records on his first court appearance Friday.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

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