Marijuana Grow House Charges Dropped after Oil Rig Alibi

UPDATED 5.3.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man accused of growing more than $100,000 worth of pot in his home, will spend just 30 days in jail for it.

Timothy Thompson originally faced four felonies. Tallahassee Police followed their noses to his home on Karen Lane in April 2010 and found 45 marijuana plants.

Today, Thompson entered a no contest plea to a pair of misdemeanor charges instead after his lawyer presented an unusual alibi.

Defense attorney Tim Jansen argued Thompson had been working on an oil rig in Louisiana until just days before the bust, and so, could not have been tending to the plants.

Thompson was sentenced to 30 days in jail for misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

April 3, 2010

A Tallahassee man is arrested after police say they found a marijuana grow operation inside his home.

On Friday officers were searching for a for a wanted person on the 19-hundred block of Karen Lane.

They smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from a house.

They got a search warrant for the home and found 45 cannabis plants worth 135-thousand dollars.

25-year old Timothy Thompson was arrested.

He faces several charges, including Cultivation of Cannabis within one-thousand feet of a school.

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