Sheriff’s deputy follows his nose to marijuana bust

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:46 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By The Daily News


WINFIELD TOWNSHIP — A deputy with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responding to an assault complaint Monday couldn’t help notice the smell of marijuana coming from a house next door.

At around 7 p.m., the deputy was attempting to locate a witness to the assault, which took place on Huron Drive, when he detected an “overwhelming odor of marijuana” coming from the neighbor’s home.

According to Sheriff William J. Barnwell, when the deputy questioned the home’s resident, the 42 year old man said he was a medical marijuana card holder. The man said he maintained an indoor growing facility.

“Upon questioning the suspect, he admitted he had an indoor grow operation and he was a little over on his allowed 12 plants,” Barwell said. “The suspect admitted he had an estimated 30 plants.”

Officers from the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) were called in to investigate. They discovered the suspect actually possessed nearly 140 plants, more than 10 times the number allowed by law.

The suspect also had over 2.5 oz. of loose marijuana and a large quantity of grow equipment.

At present, no arrests have been made, but CMET is continuing the investigation.

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