South Hill Marijuana Bust

Five arraigned in South Hill marijuana case All in 50s and 60s; 4 have high-profile attorneys.

Two defendants — business partners Kathleen Jenny, 58, and Virginia “Ginger” Erickson, 59 — are also accused of conspiracy to launder money.

They are accused of depositing their drug profits in the bank account of an interior decorating company, EJ Designs, they allegedly formed as a front.

Their husbands, Jack Erickson, 66, and Francis “Burly” Jenny, 64, are charged with their wives with conspiracy to manufacture more than 1,000 marijuana plants.

A fifth defendant, Gregory A. Montgomery, 54, is charged with conspiracy to grow more than 1,000 pot plants. Because of previous convictions, Montgomery faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

The marijuana-growing charge carries a minimum term of 10 years in prison.

One of the houses used in the operation is just a couple blocks down the street from my house and the bust actually took place during the week Mary and I were moving in.