Public Defender Indicted for Growing Marijuana

August 18, 2012 Updated Aug 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM EDT

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Public Defender Indicted for Growing Marijuana

August 18, 2012 Updated Aug 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) A federal grand jury in Buffalo has indicted a Medina attorney on drug and weapons charges.

Adam Rissew, 36, of Medina, is charged with manufacturing of marijuana, using his home to manufacture and distribute marijuana, and possessing a weapon while trafficking drugs.

Rissew was arrested in July, when a search of his Catherine St. home revealed an extensive marijuana growing operation. Agents also discovered scales, tools used to cut and package marijuana, and a safe containing 3 guns and 700 rounds of ammunition.

Rissew was working as a public defender in Monroe County at the time of his arrest.

If convicted, he faces 5 to 20 years in prison, and could be fined up to $2,250,000.

Rissew is scheduled to appear in federal court for a detention hearing on August 27, when a judge will decide whether he will be released or held in prison during his trial.