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June 3, 2013

Man tells judge he’s done with weed

SHARPSVILLE — A Sharpsville man who was caught with a marijuana growing operation in his home told a judge Tuesday he no longer smokes pot and doesn’t hang out with the same people anymore.

“I made a huge mistake,” said Joseph A. Perriello, 21, of 477 Georgetown St., Sharpsville.

“I started off by just smoking weed and didn’t want to pay for it anymore,” he said.

Perriello pleaded guilty March 11 to charges of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a cellular telephone.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson sentenced Perriello to 2 years’ probation with 200 hours’ community service.

Perriello sold one ounce of pot for $100 to an informant March 2, 2012, in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Forker Boulevard, Sharon, and one-quarter pound for $380 March 16, 2012, at the same location, said Mercer County Drug Task Force.

On March 30, task force agents went to Perriello’s apartment and asked to come inside to speak with him, police said. Perriello invited them in, and agents could smell marijuana, police said.

Police said they checked the apartment for others for safety reasons and found a marijuana grow room in a closet.

Perriello gave agents permission to search the apartment and they found scales, three boxes of sandwich bags, a space heater, a grow light, three marijuana plants in pots, $13,177 and a shotgun, police said.

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