Father-son duo arrested after marijuana plants discovered on property

Father-son duo arrested after marijuana plants discovered on property
Claude Creel and Christopher Creel (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)
Claude Creel and Christopher Creel (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A father and son were arrested after authorities discovered marijuana being cultivated on their property, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.

Claude Creel, Jr., 60, and Christopher Creel, 40, were charged with manufacture/cultivation of marijuana and possession of Schedule I drugs.

On July 26, the Washington Parish Drug Task Force discovered 33 hemp plants near the back wood line of the Creel's home on Dillon Road, just south of Bogalusa. Officials said a plastic bag with loose marijuana was also found inside a house safe along with several marijuana cigarettes and other drugs inside the house.

"This case was somewhat unusual in that the Creels were growing the marijuana themselves.  It is sad when both a father and son are involved together in the illicit drug business. I'm glad our officers were able to make this arrest and confiscate the plants before the marijuana was harvested and prepared for use."

Both suspects were booked into the Washington Parish Jail. Claude Creel was released July 28 on a $30,000 bond, while Christopher Creel remains in jail on a $10,550 bond.

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