Man held on $165K bond after fleeing police investigating pot-growing operation

Monday , June 11, 2018 - 3:27 PM

SOUTH OGDEN — A man accused of growing marijuana nearly ran over a child as he tried to escape from officers serving a search warrant at his South Ogden home last week, police said.

Jeancole Calver, 34, was booked into the Weber County Jail on June 8, two days after he fled from Weber Narcotics Strike Force members at his home in the 600 block of Maple Street in South Ogden. 

He has been charged with one count of operation of a clandestine laboratory, a first-degree felony; as well as two counts of causing/permitting a child or vulnerable adult to be exposed to a controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, one count of failure to stop or respond at the command of police, and one count of forgery, all third-degree felonies. 

Three misdemeanor charges related to drugs and reckless endangerment were also filed against him. 

According to court documents, members of the Weber Narcotics Strike Force tried to speak with Calver while he was sitting in his vehicle outside his home on June 6. A child was standing near the car when Calver tried to flee, ignoring commands from police to stop. 

Calver allegedly accelerated in the direction of the child, who had to sprint in front of the car to avoid being hit, and drove through his neighbor’s backyard to escape, court documents say. 

Police served a search warrant on Calver’s residence and discovered equipment for growing marijuana, including lights, buckets with soil, chemicals and marijuana leaves. Equipment to strip the THC from marijuana was also found. 

Other drug paraphernalia was discovered, court documents say, such as empty baggies, syringes, heroin-soaked Q-tips, and torch lighters. A Glock 17 handgun and counterfeit U.S. currency were also found. 

Two children in the house had “clearly” been exposed to use of narcotics as drug paraphernalia was found in each of their bedrooms and drugs were found in an unlocked, easily accessible place in the living room, police say. 

Calver had heroin with him when he was arrested on June 8, police said. He is being held in jail on a $165,600 bond. 

His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, in 2nd District Court. 

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