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Alleged Marijuana Grower May Be Tried Under New Drug Tax Law

February 4, 1991

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A man accused of growing marijuana in his house and in a nearby cargo container could be among the first in Louisiana to be prosecuted on charges of selling drugs without paying a drug tax, state police say.

State police detectives and special operations officers were working Saturday with New Orleans vice and narcotics detectives when a woman offered one of the undercover officers some marijuana, state police Sgt. Hamilton Mixon said Sunday.

Officers later went to a nearby house with a search warrant and found the marijuana plants and Charles D. Van Horn, Mixon said. Van Horn, 30, was booked with possession with intent to distribute and cultivation of marijuana, Mixon said.

Under the new drug law, approved last year, authorities can seize dealers’ assets if they don’t pay taxes on their drug deals. Failure to pay the tax also is a criminal offense separate from laws dealing with drug sales.