Taylorsville man pleads not guilty in marijuana case

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By Shannon Brock

A Taylorsville man charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana entered a not guilty plea in Spencer District Court on Friday morning.
Joey Singer, 37, of Frontier Drive, was present in court without an attorney. However, because he is facing felony charges — to which a plea of guilty cannot be entered in district court — an automatic not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Singer was arrested June 7 following a month-long investigation.
Singer had a three-stage indoor grow meaning the plant was found in three separate stages of growth. Police found saplings, flowering plants and budding plants, which were probably a week away from being harvested, Taylorsville Police Officer Daniel Wills said.
Some of the marijuana had already been harvested and was drying out in locations throughout the residence.
Wills said the size of the grow was average compared to others he has seen, but Officer Todd Walls said the marijuana was “high quality” with a street value of $325 per ounce.
Singer told Judge Linda Armstrong on Friday that he plans to be represented by Shelbyville attorney, Mark Dean. However, Dean was not present with Singer on Friday.
Singer is charged with cultivating marijuana, five plants or more, first offense; possession of marijuana; trafficking in marijuana, more than five pounds, first offense; and buy/possessing drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary hearing in the case was set for July 26 at 10:30 a.m.