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Marijuana 'science experiment' leads to jail time

A Superior man will spend two years on probation and 30 days in jail for growing marijuana in his garage.

Jeffrey Alan Nelson, 56, pleaded no contest Dec. 4 in Douglas County Circuit Court to misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an amended charge of disorderly conduct. Felony manufacture marijuana was dismissed but read in for sentencing.

Nelson was granted Huber work release. An additional six month jail sentence was imposed and stayed. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs.

According to the criminal complaint:

Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Knutson took cover March 6 behind the garage in the 5100 block of East First Street while responding to a call. He smelled a strong odor of marijuana and observed what appeared to be a marijuana plant in the garage window.

A search warrant was later served, and deputies found 17 marijuana plants growing behind wall panels in a chamber of the garage. Nelson admitted he was growing the marijuana for personal use and described it as a "science experiment that got out of hand."

In addition to the plants, the search turned up drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, three hydroponics grow books and 23.62 grams of marijuana, including wax, seeds and hash.