A Pekin father and son who were arrested last week for allegedly dealing marijuana have entered guilty pleas.

49-year-old Kenneth Olmstead and 21-year- old Matthew Olmstead, both of 1522 W. Morgan Ln., were  charged with dealing in marijuana and possession of marijuana,  both Class D felonies, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.


Both pled guilty to possession of marijuana and were sentenced to 545 days in jail with 541 days suspended. The two were given credit for time served for the remaining four days.

They will be on probation for 541 days and must serve 176 days on electronic home detention and participate in a drug and alcohol program, pay court cost, fines and fees.

The two were arrested after an Indiana State Police theft and burglary investigation in the area of Big Spring Road and Morgan Lane in Pekin in late August.

The police report says officers had reason to believe another of the Olmstead boys (there are three) was possibly involved in one or more of the thefts. They stopped at the Olmstead home because a vehicle parked there matched the description which had been stolen. No arrest was made.

When officers approached the residence, they found a large marijuana plant growing up against the house. Officers obtained a search warrant and seized the plant which officers believed equaled more than 30 grams of marijuana. They also confiscated drug paraphernalia from the home.