Charges Filed Against Barnum Man For Large Marijuana Grow
In Pine County, charges have been filed against the man accused of operating a large marijuana grow out of a commercial building in Askov. Keith Kevin Carlson faces two charges stemming from his arrest on Nov. 29 after the Pine County SWAT team raided a hidden room in the building and discovered 187 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. The two counts, for possession and sale of marijuana, carry penalties of up to 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, some of the plants were very large, even up to “five feet tall with large buds on them.” Officers also found equipment used to grow the plants, including “large grow lamps hanging from the ceiling, power ballast, timers on all the outlets, large water tubs under tables, water pumps, drying racks, tables set up containing zip lock bags with marijuana in them, an air scrubber near the ceiling and a large digital scale.”
The criminal complaint states that Carlson admitted he was responsible for the operation of the grow, and said he was selling approximately a quarter-pound of marijuana a week to an individual in the Twin Cities. Carlson was arrested at his home in Barnum, where law enforcement officers also found 140 more plants bringing the total number of plants seized to 327 with an approximate weight of 30 pounds.
The criminal complaint states that Carlson said the grow in Askov had been active for approximately three months.