New Ulm man charged in marijuana-growing operation

NEW?ULM – A New Ulm man has been charged in Brown County District Court with several felony violations related to a marijuana-growing operation in his home.

Jon G. Hansen II, 33, 2201 N Broadway, New Ulm, was charged Tuesday with felony 4th degree controlled substance sale in park zone, felony 5th degree controlled substance sale, felony 5th degree controlled substance possession and petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the complaint, New Ulm Police got a tip on Feb. 1, about an active marijuana-growing operation at Traulich Estates and Hansen may be in charge of it.

Police went to the suspected mobile home. They smelled a strong marijuana odor coming from its east side.

Police got a search warrant signed by a judge and went to the residence with Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force members on Feb. 2. Officers knocked on the door and heard arguing inside, Hansen came to the door and was handcuffed. A female in the residence was also handcuffed.

Officers searched the residence and found four 2-foot tall marijuana plants, three 4-foot marijuana plants and eight small marijuana plants in a plastic pail with a water pump inside. Officers also found fluorescent and grow lights, fans, growing canvas, power strips with timers, jars with marijuana buds inside, empty jars, plastic bags with marijuana leaves, potting soil, fertilizer, a bong and multi-colored marijuana pipe, a scale, grinders and other marijuana pipes.

Hansen told police he was perfecting the craft of growing marijuana to get ahead of the game when the state of Minnesota legalizes it.

Police collected and photographed the marijuana plants and weighed about 90 grams of harvested marijuana.

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