Crime blotter: planting evidence

class=img_thumbleft>The Duluth News Tribune


today that 12 marijuana plants were discovered growing in a municipal garden in front of the West Duluth police substation. Reporter Janna Goerdt noticed the plants while covering a press conference highlighting a crackdown on illegal use of all-terrain vehicles. The cops claimed ignorance regarding the plants' origins.

[Lt. John] Beyer pointed out that he, his police officers and the public use the backdoor entrance to the police station. The front door just off busy Grand Avenue is usually locked and not used.

"The only thing I can say is somebody has a sense of humor," Beyer said. "Now they'll read about it in the paper and say, 'Yeah, that was me.' "

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