Arlington man charged with growing pot
BENNINGTON — An Arlington man is facing a felony charge after the mother of his children complained to police in September that he was growing marijuana at the home where the children, who are 1 and 2 years old, were living.
Shane Leland, 22, of Arlington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court Monday on a felony count of cultivation of more than three marijuana plants. Leland, who pleaded innocent, was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Lauren Ronan of the Vermont State Police said Neila Yardley, Leland’s ex-girlfriend, had come to the state police barracks in Shaftsbury on Sept. 17 with a marijuana plant. Yardley told police she had pulled it from the ground of Leland’s home at 855 Butternut Gutter in Arlington.
Ronan said Yardley told her she had come from her home in Brattleboro with a stuffed toy for one of the children when she saw the marijuana plant and claimed there were at least 10 more.
According to the affidavit, Yardley said Leland had grown and sold marijuana during their relationship when they lived together.
After getting consent from Leland and his mother, police searched the ground of the home, also on Sept. 17, and seized 10 plants which weighed about 13.5 grams. Ronan said police also found that Leland had converted a closet in his bedroom to an “indoor grow room.”