Police believe pot grower tossed cash found by teen
The Dakota County Attorney's office has filed felony charges against a 36-year-old Farmington man in connection with money and drugs found last week in a Farmington ditch.
Farmington police first came into contact with John Taylor Jordan March 9 when they were investigating a complaint of a loud noise. According to a complaint filed in the attorney's office nobody answered the door when police knocked but officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana.
Police left, but a short time later noticed a car leaving the home. Police stopped Jordan, who lives at the home, a short time later. Officers noticed a strong marijuana smell coming from Jordan's car.
On March 9 officers from the Dakota County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Jordan's home. They found more than 200 marijuana plants and a number of grow lights.
The next day, a 16-year-old Farmington boy started distributing large amounts of money to friends and others at an ISD 917 school in Rosemount. The student told police he'd found the money in the ditch along 195th Street, in an area Jordan had driven past just before police stopped him. According to the complaint there was a period when Jordan was out of sight of police that he could have tossed the money, in a plastic grocery bag, out of his car.
Police recovered about $17,000 and pieces of a check the student had found but torn up. The check was written to a person named John. Police also found four gallon-size baggies of marijuana in the area where the student found the money. A fifth bag was turned in later.
The attorney's office has filed two felony controlled substance charges against Jordan. The first, a third degree charge, carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000. The second carries a potential sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000.