Employee fired after being charged with growing marijuana



The UK employee arrested earlier this month on charges of growing marijuana in her home was fired by UK Thursday.

Tracey Ellerbe was terminated from her job as the Center on Drugs and Alcohol Research manager for community-based services Tuesday, UK spokeswoman Kristi Lopez said Thursday

Ellerbe had been suspended without pay because of the investigation, Lopez said.

On Nov. 1, Lexington Police found 75 marijuana plants in  Ellerbe’s home after the Lexington Fire

Department responded to a fire at Ellerbe’s home at 611 Longview Drive, the police report said.

According to the report, Ellerbe said she was growing the plants for personal use and agreed to let officials search her house.

Ellerbe has yet to plead to a charge of cultivation of more than five marijuana plants. She will appear in court Tuesday.