On June 25, Morrison County District Courts dismissed two counts of fifth degree possession of drugs against Dennis John Orozco, 49, of Little Falls.
On May 5, 2012, Little Falls police officers responded to a fight and when they arrived at the scene, spoke with Orozco.
Orozco acknowledged there was a person in the residence with a warrant out for his arrest. Officers entered the residence and arrested that person.
While there, they saw a number of marijuana plants inside a bedroom. They obtained a search warrant and returned.
At the door, the officers smelled marijuana and when they entered, found 82 marijuana plants, ranging in size from starter plants to some three feet tall.
Also found was miscellaneous drug paraphernalia including grow lights, a pipe and a mirror with white residue that appeared to be methamphetamine.
Orozco was placed under arrest and taken to jail. While there, he gave a taped statement, at first claiming he had no idea the plants were in his apartment and that none of the items in the apartment belonged to him.
He later admitted he knew the plants were present, but denied they were his. He did admit he used marijuana daily.
Todd Kosovich, assistant Morrison County Attorney, said the charges were dismissed because the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was unable to complete scientific testing in time for the trial.