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08-29-06, 03:53 PM #1
Pot Found Growing In Front Of Police Station
Duluth police pot holds pot
IRONY: Police attribute a dozen marijuana plants at the West Duluth substation to a joker.
BY MARK STODGHILL
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Justin Hayworth/News Tribune
Marijuana grows in a concrete planter outside the West Duluth police substation, 5315 Grand Ave.
More photosLike all good reporters, the News Tribune's Janna Goerdt has learned to keep her ears and eyes open for whatever might be encountered on an assignment.
Goerdt accompanied law enforcement officials Saturday as they searched for people illegally using all-terrain vehicles in Duluth. She wrote a story about the enforcement campaign for Sunday's newspaper.
Goerdt also uncovered a dozen marijuana plants growing in western Duluth.
The pot wasn't growing off an ATV trail. And she didn't find it in the woods.
Goerdt found the marijuana growing in a planter near the front door of the West Duluth police substation.
You might say she was paying attention.
During law enforcement's briefing on how they were going to conduct the ATV sting Saturday, Goerdt heard two members of a rival news team talking about "something interesting" in front of the police station at 5315 Grand Ave.
Eavesdropping like a good reporter, Goerdt filed the comment away in her memory bank and accompanied law enforcement on the ATV crackdown.
When that assignment was over, Goerdt returned to the police station and took a walk around the building. She found the marijuana plants. Although she said she didn't know that they were marijuana plants.
She plucked one of the leaves and brought it back to the newspaper. "I needed some evidence," she said. "I didn't know if anyone would believe me. I didn't think it was a big deal. I just thought it was rather amusing."
Duluth City Gardner Tom Kasper was given the leaf for inspection Monday and confirmed that it came from a marijuana plant.
Kasper immediately traveled to the West Duluth police substation to inform neighborhood supervising police Lt. John Beyer of the pot growing in the front-yard planter.
Beyer pointed out that he, his police officers and the public use the backdoor entrance to the police station. The front door just off busy Grand Avenue is usually locked and not used.
"The only thing I can say is somebody has a sense of humor," Beyer said. "Now they'll read about it in the paper and say, 'Yeah, that was me.' "
Goerdt provided the scoop and Kasper did the scooping.
The gardener dug out the 12 marijuana plants by their roots and presented them to Beyer. They were 4 to 6 inches high and Kasper estimated they had been growing about three weeks.
Beyer said the plants will be placed in a paper bag and destroyed when the next batch of police-confiscated drugs are gotten rid of.
Kasper said this is the first marijuana found growing in Duluth that has been reported to him in 10 years.
But this isn't the first time marijuana has been discovered growing in a public place in Duluth. In 1990, a citizen pointed out to police that a 3-foot marijuana plant was growing in the northern corner of the Civic Center courtyard near City Hall.
For a day at least, Goerdt is known around here as "Janna The Snitch." She said she can live with it.
08-29-06, 04:15 PM #2
Funny, but again I think just a bit embarrassing. Local police might have just a little bit of egg on their face from this one."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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08-29-06, 06:43 PM #4
Maybe none of those cops knew what marijuana looks like. This is what happens when they don't let marijuana users become cops.
09-02-06, 09:07 AM #5Originally Posted by Jenna
09-02-06, 09:49 AM #6
LMFAOL, wow look at the pretty bushes growing, why don't they flower ???
OMG that was funny as heck, but as for egg on the face unfortinuately yep oooops ????MIKee 1UNDER1 Remember Our fallen Brothers and Sisters. On 9-11-01 All Gave Some & Some Gave All
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09-02-06, 05:16 PM #8
Ummm mariajuana grows like weeds out in west central MN, wait a minute they are weeds.... Out at my farm last summer i had about 20 plants and the were at least 10-15 ft tall. It is not all that odd for marijuana to be growing around here. They use to grow hemp all over MN and SD. It use to be a state law in SD that the prisioners use to have to make rope and other items out of hemp so they would grow alot of pot for that use. It is not uncommon for idiots to come and put a pot plant infront of the police department
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