Eighty-two marijuana plants found in LF apartment

Dennis John Orozco, 48, Little Falls, has been charged with one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On May 5, the Little Falls Police Department responded to a fight on Third Street Northeast. When the officers arrived, they met with Orozco, who said there was a person inside the residence who had a warrant out for his arrest.

The police arrested that person, and also noticed a number of marijuana plants inside a bedroom. A search warrant was obtained for the entire residence.

When officers returned and entered the residence, a strong odor of marijuana came from the apartment. Eighty-two plants, ranging in size from starter plants to three feet, were located. Grow lights, a pipe and a mirror with white residue on it were also found.

Orozco was arrested. While at the jail, he allegedly claimed he had no idea the plants were in his apartment. According to the criminal complaint, he told officers that none of the stuff in his apartment belonged to him. Later, in his statement, Orozco did admit he knew the plants were in his apartment, but continued to deny they were his, even though he allegedly admitted he used marijuana on a daily basis.

If convicted, Orozco faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.