Mayor of Jamaica allegedly was growing marijuana at home


GUTHRIE COUNTY – Two people have been arrested in connection to allegedly growing an illegal marijuana operation. One of them is the mayor of Jamaica.

According to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office, deputies got a tip this week that Rodney Halterman was located at a residence in Jamaica. Halterman is wanted out of Story County for attempted murder.

After trying to make contact with the occupants of the residence, probable cause was established for a search warrant. After the search warrant was issued, law enforcement conducted a search of the residence. The residence belongs to Randy and Ladonna Kennedy. Ladonna Kennedy is the mayor of Jamaica.

According to police, when they got inside, they found a marijuana growing operation. A total of eighteen live plants were seized along with nine packages of marijuana. Halterman was not located inside the residence.

Both Kennedy’s were arrested and booked into the Guthrie County Jail on the following charges: manufacture with intent to deliver no more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, class D felony; two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, class D felonies; one count of knowingly keeping a dwelling for possessing or selling a controlled substance, an aggravated misdemeanor; and possession of a controlled substance – first offense, a serious misdemeanor.

Both parties were initially held on $18,300 bond. Both parties were released.

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