A Park Hill man faces a felony count of cultivation of marijuana following an incident on July 16.

James Hunter Wilkie, 54, was cultivating 17 plants believed to be marijuana, prosecutors allege. He also had four plants hanging inside an out-building. The plants were identified as cannabis sativa L. Prosecutors say a controlled dangerous substance can be derived from the cannabis sativa L. plants.

Wilkie also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges allege Wilkie had marijuana in his possession on July 16, and also a pipe commonly used by abusers of drugs. Prosecutors said Wilkie had no medical or other lawful need requiring possession of the paraphernalia.

Cultivation of marijuana is punishable by two years to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Possession of a controlled substance is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by imprisonment for up to a year, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

State witnesses listed in court documents include agents and officers with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Owasso Police Department.

Online court records indicate Wilkie pleaded not guilty Tuesday, and will appear before Special District Judge Holli Wells on Sept. 22 for a felony sounding docket.


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