ASHTON A federal grand jury handed down an indictment last month against an Ashton man for manufacturing marijuana. Charles Gene Jordan, 60, was indicted for violation of federal law in connection with manufacturing by growing and cultivating 100 or more marijuana plants in the U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of West Virginia, according to Sgt. E.B. Starcher of the West Virginia State Police, who was notified of the charges earlier this week. An indictment is a formal, written accusation by a grand jury. The Fifth Amendment and applicable federal law gives a criminal defendant a personal right of indictment by a grand jury for federal crimes punishable by more than one year imprisonment. Federal crimes punishable by less than a year imprisonment may be prosecuted by indictment or by information. It was a long time coming, Starcher said. Three years ago during marijuana eradication in Mason County, troopers found and seized about 2,300 marijuana plants on Jordans property located on Ashton Upland Road, Starcher said. At that time, the case was turned over to the U.S. Attorneys office, but because of a long murder investigation and trial in another West Virginia county, the case was on hold. If found guilty in federal court, Jordan could face a prison term of five to 40 years in a federal facility and be ordered to pay up to a $2,000 fine.