Bedford Man Arrested for Having Ginseng Out of Season and Marijuana

(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man was arrested Tuesday after police found him with ginseng out of season and marijuana.

Bryson Humphrey

Lawrence County Police arrested 21-year-old Bryson Humphrey after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on August 29th, at 7:05 p.m. Lawrence County Dispatch received a call from a woman in the 6990 block of Tunnelton Road that her grandson Bryson Humphrey had stolen her pain medication and she wanted to file a report.

When a deputy arrived on the scene he found Humphrey pacing on the front porch of the home. Humphrey’s grandmother then walked outside.

She told police her grandson was homeless and she counts her medication every day and keeps it locked in her van. She told police she had between 35 to 45 pills missing. She told police she confronted Humphrey about taking the pills and he refused to admit taking them or give them back. She told police this was not the first time her medication had went missing.

The officer then spoke to Humphrey who told the officer he would not answer any questions.

Humphrey told the officer they could search his bag. In the bag the officer found a silver container that contained concentrated THC (marijuana) wax. Humphrey told the officer he didn’t know how that item got in his bag.

The officer also found a black mesh bag that contained ginseng. Humphrey told the officer he harvests the herb with his dad from multiple areas.

The ginseng season for harvesting is Sept. 1st to Dec. 31st. The selling season for ginseng is Sept. 1st to March 31st of next year.

Humphrey was issued a summons to appear in court on September 14th at 8:30 a.m. on charges of possession of ginseng out of season and possession of marijuana. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Department where he was able to find a ride from a friend to Bloomington.

Humphrey failed to appear for his court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest.