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NCO charged with growing pot

POSTED: May 22, 2009 11:05 a.m.
On Tuesday, Fort Stewart officials confirmed that a 3rd Infantry Division soldier has been relieved of his duties as a squad leader for his alleged involvement in a drug-growing and distribution operation.
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Jarman, 33, was arrested May 5 by Multi Agency Crack Enforcement agents at a home in the Hawthorne subdivision.
Upon entering the home, agents found 11 marijuana plants and 30 ecstasy pills.
According to police reports, the drugs were separated and packaged for sale.
Police also found an ACER laptop computer,  a 40-caliber pistol, growing lights, marijuana growing manuals and assorted seeds.
Jarman has since been released back to military officials at Fort Stewart, where he is awaiting trial.
Division officials said they are taking the necessary actions with the soldier.  
“Commanders are aware of the charges against SSG Jarman and are cooperating fully with the Hinesville Police Department,” Fort Stewart officials wrote in an e-mailed statement. “Should these charges prove to be true, we do not condone this type of behavior. As with all other citizens, SSG Jarman is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”  
 Jarman has been charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm during a crime and possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and tools of the crime.
It has also been reported that Jarman was a decorated non-commissioned officer who was in charge of his squad’s drug screenings.
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