Centralia man arrested after police find 10 pounds of pot in garage

CENTRALIA — A 66-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail, after approximately 10 pounds of cannabis was reportedly found drying in his garage.

Jerry Kapes was arrested for manufacture and delivery and possession with intent to deliver cannabis, after officers had gone to the home looking for another person wanted for questioning in a separate criminal case.

Centralia police reportedly first smelled cannabis and then noticed it drying in the garage of the Kapes home when they looked through the window.

Police reportedly received permission to search the Kapes home, and found a small amount of cannabis in a bedroom dresser.

Kapes reportedly told officers he had planted four marijuana plants in May in a field off Norton Road and harvested the plants a week ago.

He told officers he had decided to sell cannabis to pay bills.

Kapes was previously a part owner of Roundhouse Wine Company in Centralia, but full-ownership is now held by his wife, as is the liquor license.

However, he is still a guarantor for loans the company has with the City of Centralia and the Jefferson-Marion-Washington County Community Development Corporation.

In April the balances were $145,000 and $242,000 respectively. Both loans are reportedly current on payments. The company agreed in April agreement with the City of Centralia that it will give the city 40-percent of all money recovered if the business goes under.