Jackson woman arrested for front-yard pot plant
Laurie Welch - Times-News writer
Friday, November 5, 2010 1:05 am
BURLEY — A Jackson woman faces felony drug charges after an anonymous tip led police to marijuana growing in her front yard.
Cassia County sheriff’s deputies and a Mini-Cassia Drug Task Force officer say they found 1.46 pounds of marijuana and 3 grams of white powder that tested positive for amphetamine at the home of Laurie M. Donald, 48. They also recovered various pipes, rolling papers and torches from the property.
Donald is charged with felony drug trafficking in marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Cassia County 5th District Magistrate Court at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Donald was released from the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday, after her $5,000 bond was reduced from $25,000.
Court reports state that on Oct. 21, a deputy arrived at Donald’s home and knocked on her door, but no one answered.
As he was leaving he noticed a 4-foot-high marijuana plant at the southeast corner of her front yard.
A search warrant was issued for the home and police returned to Donald’s residence, although she was still not home. Deputies found her cell phone number and spoke with her, learning that she was in Jackpot, Nev.
By Oct. 26, police had still not made face-to-face contact with Donald.
A warrant was issued for her arrest on Oct. 29, when she was also taken into custody.