NEW: Man Indicted On Marijuana Charges

Posted: May 20, 2014

Daily News-Record

A Rockingham County grand jury indicted a Broadway man Monday on drug charges stemming from a search of his home in October.

Jonas Diener, 36, has been charged with felony distribution of marijuana and felony drug possession.

Following his indictment, Diener appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Judge T.J. Wilson scheduled him to appear in court for a plea hearing on June 23.

The investigation started in October when the RUSH Drug Task Force received a tip that the home Diener was living in was using eight times the amount of electricity a typical residence would use.

On Oct. 16, police say, officers raided the home at 16991 Runions Creek Road thinking they were going to find a marijuana-growing operation. Excessive power usage is often found at so-called "grow houses," where high-powered lamps are used to nurture marijuana plants.

Police did find some marijuana, but the most notable find was a "shocking" array of computers, police say.

Sheriff deputies said it was a large network of computing devices - a system one would expect to find at a large university research lab or some financial-services companies.

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency were called to the home to investigate the computer system for any illicit activity. It's not clear if police believe any particular crime or crimes was carried out with the computers found in the home. No charges have been filed in connection to the computer equipment.

During a bond hearing in the case, his defense attorneys claimed the computers were nothing more than a hobby and were not tied to any criminal activity.

In 2010, Diener was found with about a half-pound of pot in his filing cabinet at Rosetta Stone's Harrisonburg office, where he worked at the time.

He was charged then with felony distribution of marijuana, but the case was reduced to a misdemeanor and Diener was ordered to serve 20 days in jail.

He is currently free from the Rockingham County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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