A Marion probationer was charged after a warrantless search uncovered eight marijuana plants in his home, authorities said Monday.

Lt. Burlin Ballew of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Gabryiel Eben Byrd, 18, address listed as Lester Hollifield Road in Marion, with possession of marijuana.

Ballew assisted state probation/parole officers with a search at Byrd’s residence on Friday, June 7. Byrd is on probation and, therefore, subject to warrantless searches.

Authorities seized eight marijuana plants from Byrd’s property.

Byrd was issued a citation.

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