Police seize 75 pot plants from basement

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — A 39-year-old woman was arrested Sept. 21 for allegedly growing 75 marijuana illegally in the basement of her 6th Street house.

Police originally received a complaint from Child Protective Services about her growing marijuana. Officers conducted a followup interview with the woman about 9 a.m. Sept. 21 because the complaint said one of the woman’s two children was 12 years old.

Police said they approached the house in the 1700 block of 6th Street and could smell a strong odor of unburnt marijuana emanating from inside the house. The odor was enough probable cause to question the woman, police said.

The woman told police she was growing marijuana in the basement of the house. She said she was not a caregiver to anyone with a medical marijuana card and did not posses one herself.

The woman took police into the basement, where police said there were two marijuana plants in plain view. Police found an additional 41 plants in an enclosed wooden case, along with 23 other cloned plants. The woman unlocked another part of her basement containing another eight plants.

Police said both areas had special grow lights, heaters, fans, and other growing paraphernalia. The woman also had another room used for drying the marijuana, police said, where another 10 large bud branches were found drying.

In another room in the basement, officers observed a large table holding a digital scale, two packs of sandwich bags, a sandwich bag containing marijuana, a pack of rolling papers, and a marijuana cigarette. Another marijuana plant was found in the southwest corner of the basement.

In total, police confiscated 75 plants. The plants, the growing supplies, and other paraphernalia were seized.

Police tested a portion of the plants which were positively identified as marijuana. An arrest warrant was issued and executed, but no information on a court date was available as of press time. The woman was held on charges of growing marijuana in the house.

Her 20-year-old son was in the house at the time, but was not arrested. Police said the 12-year-old was with her father.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office confirmed police did not need a search warrant because officers were given permission to enter the house. The Down River Area Narcotics Organization interviewed the woman and determined the plants and “illegal growing operation” belonged to her.

(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at ggoodwin@bewickpublications.com.)