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Crime & Courts

Geneva man charged with growing 69 marijuana plants

GENEVA – A Geneva man was charged with felony production and possession of 69 marijuana plants that police said they found growing in his yard.

Gregory T. Panzer, 59, of the 200 block of Division Street, also was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The felony possession/production charge carries a penalty of one to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The felony possession charge carries a penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The misdemeanor charge has a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Panzer was released after posting $2,500 bond, 10 percent of his $25,000 bail. He is to appear in court Sept. 26.

Police came to Panzer’s house while following up a harassment complaint where they were told that a man’s estranged girlfriend’s neighbor allegedly was growing marijuana in his backyard.

According to police reports, the woman pointed to what appeared to be marijuana through the fence.

Police took digital photos, and when Panzer came outside, they inquired about what was growing in his backyard.

According to reports, Panzer escorted police to his backyard where marijuana plants were growing 15 inches from his house and along the eastern fence line.

Sixty-nine plants in all were removed. 

Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said in an email that the plants all were between 11 inches and 41/2 feet high, and that marijuana comes back every year as a perennial.

Nash also said the sale value of the plants was unknown.

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