Seizure of 1600 marijuana plants leads to felony charge 21 Feb 12

Although the evidence appears incriminating, a Shakopee man accused of growing large amounts of marijuana in his home has pleaded not guilty to an amended charge in Scott County Court.

Tien Van Pham, 46, pleaded not guilty to one count of felony first degree sale of 50 kilograms of marijuana near a city park. After a search warrant was executed on his property, officers say they found 1600 live marijuana plants, dried marijuana plants, and growing equipment on every level of the home.

The Southwest Metro Drug Task Force estimates the street value of the plants at around $2.5 million. Pham remains in Scott County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. A jury trial is set for April 17.