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One dope over the line: Extra MMJ plants grow into pot bust

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An extra medical marijuana plant (or seven) grew into a pot bust for a Sierra Vista woman on Friday.

While responding to a domestic violence call at a home on West Martin Drive, Sierra Vista Police Department officers "learned that both individuals involved had cultivation medical marijuana cards and were growing marijuana in a back bedroom," said Cpl. Scott Borgstadt.

As Arizona law allows individuals to grow up to a dozen plants, the legal allotment for the home was 24 plants, Borgstadt said in a news release Tuesday morning.

"Officers counted 25 plants inside the residence and 6 plants outside the residence. Officers also noticed 7 empty pots in the marijuana room with agitated soil," he said.

Mary Brown, 47, "had ripped 6 plants out of their pots and put them outside the house prior to law enforcement arrival," the SVPD spokesman said.

After obtaining a search warrant based on the violation of the Medical Marijuana Act, officers searched the home, Borgstadt said.

After the search, Brown was arrested and charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, production of marijuana, and tampering with evidence. She was booked into the Cochise County Jail.

"Charges are pending" on Brown's husband as well, Borgstadt said in an interview, "as soon as we locate him." While the husband was present when police arrived, he left the scene as police discovered the marijuana.

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