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Woman blames someone else for spreading marijuana seeds

FARMINGTON, Minn. — A 51-year-old Farmington woman admitted knowing about marijuana found growing on her property, police said, but blamed someone else’s discarded seeds for the presence of the plants in her greenhouse.

Dakota County Drug Task Force agents searched Lori Abeln’s property Oct. 16. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, they found 47 marijuana plants growing in a greenhouse. They also found marijuana seeds, a glass pipe and other drug-related items in Abeln’s home on the property.

In an Oct. 24 interview with police, Abeln said she knew about the marijuana plants but that someone had thrown the marijuana seeds in the greenhouse years ago and the plants had just grown there, according to the complaint. She said she didn’t actively care for the plants.

Authorities said Abeln admitted smoking marijuana for medical reasons but said the drug paraphernalia at her house was not hers.

If convicted on either of two felony drug possession charges, Abeln could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. A petty misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia carries a maximum fine of $300.

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