Car Crashes Into Marijuana Grow House

by Staff on October 3, 2011

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Late Friday night, a 2006 Chevrolet travelling South on Old Highway 135 South of Corydon ran off of the roadway on the east side of the road, crashing into the side of a house located at 360 Old Highway 135. After striking the home, the vehicle caught fire and the driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was killed.

When Trooper Chris Tucker from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg responded to the scene he found the automobile as well as the side of the house engulfed in flames. Trooper Tucker, along with fire fighters from the Harrison Township Fire Department, entered the home to make sure no one was inside and/or injured.

While clearing the home, which was discovered to be unoccupied, a large indoor marijuana grow operation was discovered. After the fire was extinguished and the crash investigation completed officers at the scene requested and received a search warrant for the residence.

During the investigation, the owner of the home, Caroline Kesten, returned. While executing the search warrant, police found 94 marijuana plants, three grow lights with ventilators, and dried marijuana. Caroline Kesten, 46, was arrested at the scene. She faces a number of charges, including:

  • Cultivating Marijuana, a Class D felony,
  • Possession of Marijuana, a Class D felony,
  • Dealing Marijuana, a Class D felony,
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D felony, and
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed in order to positively identify the driver of the vehicle.

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