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Marijuana grown as 'a joke' suspect says

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Farmington, 55024

Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Jacob Bremner told police he started growing marijuana as a joke, but things just got serious.

Dakota County Drug Task Force agents searched Bremner's Pine Street home last Aug. 22 and found 15 marijuana plants, including six located in children's bedrooms. Police also found grow lights, marijuana leaves, a box of unknown pills and a line of white powder that turned out to be a crushed Vicodin pill.

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Now that discovery has led to felony drug charges against the 27-year-old Farmington man.

According to a complaint filed Jan. 9 in the Dakota County Attorney's office Bremner told one of the task force agents he'd planted the marijuana seeds three months earlier and that he didn't think it would be a problem. He said he started growing the plants as a joke, but that he used the marijuana for his personal use.

In all task force agents found just less than a pound of marijuana.

Bremner was convicted of a fifth degree drug offense in March of 1996. If convicted this time on a fifth degree drug charge he could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. A petty misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia carries a maximum fine of $300.

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