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Pot plants land Fargoan in jail

A judge on Friday set bail for a Fargo man charged with growing marijuana in his apartment. Adam D. Mapel, 22, 4251 33rd Ave. S.W., is charged in Cass County District Court with manufacturing marijuana and possession of the drug with intent to di...

A judge on Friday set bail for a Fargo man charged with growing marijuana in his apartment.

Adam D. Mapel, 22, 4251 33rd Ave. S.W., is charged in Cass County District Court with manufacturing marijuana and possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

Gerald Rogstad, manager of the Point West Apartments, said he called police Thursday after finding what he believed were marijuana plants in Mapel's one-bedroom apartment.

"I noticed a bright light on in a storage room and that's how I found it," he said.

Rogstad said the plants were about 10 inches tall. He said he entered the apartment, looking for the source of a water leak.

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With a search warrant in hand, law enforcement officers entered Mapel's apartment about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Inside the third-floor apartment, officers found seven potted marijuana plants, about one-half pound of cultivated marijuana, plant lights and other growing equipment, Fargo police Sgt. David Todd said.

They also found two containers filled with marijuana seeds as well as books and magazines devoted to growing the drug, court records say.

Mapel was arrested when he showed up during the search, Todd said.

Fargo police estimated that the cultivated marijuana is worth about $1,200 if sold by the ounce.

Both of the charges against Mapel are Class B felonies with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fines.

East Central District Judge Georgia Dawson set Mapel's bail at $2,500 and scheduled his next court appearance for Jan. 29.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Zent at (701) 241-5526

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