A break-in at a medical marijuana grow facility that left a Wyoming police officer with puncture wounds to his feet has generated criminal charges against a licensed caregiver for having too many plants.
Police say 33-year-old Stacy Marie Hahn was growing more plants than allowed. That discovery came after her facility was targeted by thieves last month.
Wyoming officer Dustin Cook was investigating the break-in when he scaled a gate to reach a broken window. On the other side was a sheet of plywood with more than 100 three-inch, threaded decking screws pointing upward. Both of his feet were impaled.
Criminal charges were not filed against the person who set-up the bed of screws because prosecutors were unable to find a criminal statute that applies.
But Hahn is in trouble for having 87 plants, more than what she could legally grow, investigators say. She was arraigned earlier this week in Wyoming District Court for delivery/manufacture of marijuana, a four-year felony, and maintaining a drug house, which carries a two-year term.
Under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act of 2008, a caregiver can have no more than 72 plants.
Hahn, who lists an address in Grand Rapids, is free on bond. She will be back in court for a probable cause hearing next week.
Members of the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team were called to the grey brick building on Clay Avenue north of 54th Street SW after officers investigating the break-in found an elaborate marijuana grow operation with dozens of mature plants.
Events that led to the officer’s injuries unfolded about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 when Wyoming officers responded to an automated alarm. They encountered two men who got inside by breaking a rear window, police said. Both were dressed in black with their faces covered. The pair fled, but were eventually caught and charged with the break-in.
“The two individuals we caught coming out of that building obviously knew what was in there,’’ Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said in an earlier interview. “They went in to get (marijuana) and they were going to sell it on the street.’’
Carmody says he is mystified why the grower felt the need to use a bed of screws when the building had a working alarm system.