Deputies discover alleged marijuana growing operation

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, April 3, 2010

A 45-year-old Clarks Grove man is being charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched his home last month and reportedly found pills and several marijuana plants.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Freeborn County District Court, Scott Darryl Juveland is charged with one count of possession of oxycodone and one count of possession of methadone. He has not been charged for the marijuana plants.

The complaint states on March 12, a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy received a call from a woman who wanted to report a marijuana growing operation in the county.

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The woman did not want to give her name at first, but ultimately gave her name and phone number before completing the report, the report states.

The woman reported that Juveland allegedly had a growing operation in his basement and claimed she had also allegedly seen him pass out bags of marijuana to people at the Bend in the Road, a bar in Manchester.

Deputies executed a search warrant at his residence on March 16.

The search revealed multiple marijuana-related items, including pipes, home-rolled marijuana cigarette butts, burned residue in a bowl, a pill bottle containing marijuana residue, a Marlboro light box with a paper towel with the odor of marijuana, a wooden dugout with marijuana residue, among other items, the complaint states.

The search also uncovered two pills in a cigarette wrapper, that were later identified as methadone and oxycodone.

In the basement, deputies found four large potted marijuana plants and 10 smaller potted marijuana plants with a large light.

When asked about the plants, Juveland reportedly admitted to the deputies that all of the marijuana items were his, noting that he smokes marijuana every day.

“He said that he grows marijuana for his own use and denied distributing it at the Bend in the Road,” the court document states.

Juveland will have his first appearance on the charges at 11 a.m. May 19.

His charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.