Merrill woman taken into custody following plant discovery, search warrant
While performing a civil standby on the afternoon of Friday July 22 on West Street, an officer observed a mature marijuana plant measuring approximately four feet tall in the backyard of the residence. According to officer notes, contact was made with the home owner, 63-year-old Beverly Vandervoort.
When asked of the plant, Vandervoort reportedly appeared surprised and indicated she was “just growing a plant.” Vandervoort then proceeded to remove the plant from a pot in which it was growing with four other immature plants, and broke the stem of the plant. Vandervoort apologized to the officer for the plant and when asked of items related to growing marijuana located inside her home, she reportedly immediately denied such items and contacted her attorney.
A search warrant was obtained a short time later and upon subsequent search, various items consistent with the growing and selling of marijuana were located. As a result, Vandervoort was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail on a Felony charge of Manufacture of THC (200g-1,000g) as well as misdemeanor charges of Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Vandervoort appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Monday in facing those charges and was released on $1,500 signature bond.