Westport woman charged with growing marijuana
WESTPORT — A Westport woman is facing charges after police allegedly found her growing marijuana plants on her property.
In early September, members of the detective bureau received an anonymous tip that marijuana was being grown outdoors at a Westport residence. On three separate dates, detectives responded to the location to conduct surveillance, in an effort to corroborate the information.
On all three of these occasions, and from a vantage point outside of the property, detectives observed a plant growing in plain view within the yard that was immediately recognizable as marijuana, police said.
On Sept. 10, a search warrant for the property was granted and then executed at the residence on and that same afternoon. A total of 13 marijuana plants of varying heights were located and seized; presumptive field testing was conducted and returned a positive result for the presence of marijuana, according to police.
Evidence of marijuana possession and use was also found throughout the residence. During an interview, the homeowner, identified as 60-year-old Karen Schueler, allegedly admitted to planting three marijuana seeds and caring for the plants.
Schueler was taken into custody and charged with possession/cultivation of a controlled substance with intent to sell. A non-surety bond was set at $5,000. Schueler was released and is scheduled to be arraigned at state Superior Court in Norwalk on Sept. 19.