Going out with a bang
Just two days before retirement, Perham Police Officer Todd Sandahl busted a local marijuana growing enterprise.
Around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, Sandahl went to a house in northeast Perham looking for a man on an apprehension order for a probation violation. While they were knocking on the door, a woman pulled into the driveway and gave officers permission to search the house.
A short time into the search, police officers "discovered a small grow operation in a closet," reports Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson. Officers then found two additional marijuana growing operations in the house.
"They had a venting system and irrigation pumps," Sandahl says, describing the scene he encountered. In total, there were 24 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, confiscated from the Perham residence.
The suspect, a 38-year-old Perham man, faces a possible charge of felony possession of marijuana. A report on the incident will be sent to the Otter Tail County Attorney's Office, with charges pending.
For now, the officers have the task of drying the leaf portions of the marijuana plants so they can get an accurate weight of the amount of marijuana discovered during the bust.