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65-year-old charged in Roseau County drug bust

By Stephen J. Lee / Grand Forks Herald

Roseau County law enforcement officers will be busy turning a crop of marijuana plants into pot.

It’s to determine the actual amount of controlled substance of the crop, which was seized from a rural home near Roosevelt, said Karen Foss, Roseau County attorney.

Charles Emery Janzen, 65, has been charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. The charge stems from a bust Sept. 20 at Janzen’s home in which a large team of local, state and federal officers seized 32 marijuana plants, $4,200 in cash and clothing.

Janzen already had cut some of the plants and had them hanging to dry in outbuildings on his farmstead, where he lives with his wife, Foss said. Other plants remained unharvested, scattered through the 120 acres of woods next to his home, she said.

Officers immediately hung the plants upside down in a law enforcement storage space and will complete the drying and curing process as part of determining the actual amount of marijuana for consumer use and the street value, Foss said.

Janzen has remained free under a court summons and is slated to appear Nov. 4 for his 

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