2017-10-19 / Courts

Charge: Bust yields too many plants


CROW CROW A 37-year-old Leelanau Township business owner pleaded guilty Tuesday in 86th District Court to possession of marijuana in connection with a search of his property that yielded 25 more plants than was allowed under his medical marijuana license.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Benjamin J. Crow, of 9771 E. Engles Road, will have a felony charge of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance dismissed, according to a court report.

Crow is the owner of Green Bird Cellars & Organic Farms. He is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The case stems from a Sept. 20 search of Crow’s property that was conducted after a TNT detective received an anonymous tip, according to the report. After speaking with Crow, the detective was given consent to conduct the search, the report said.

The search found that Crow possessed 25 more plants than he was allowed as a medical marijuana provider, the report said. The plants were removed from the premises, the report said.

A presentence investigation and alcohol/drug assessment has been ordered for Crow. His sentencing has been set for Nov. 15.

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