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ELKHART Man arrested for growing pot in home

Posted on Oct. 31, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 31, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Police Department Drug Unit obtained a search warrant for 29633 U.S. 20 W. Wednesday morning after a drug investigation in that area and arrested a man for growing marijuana in his house.

David Benn, 55, was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, cultivating more than 30 grams of marijuana and possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, according to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department. All three preliminary charges are a felonies that carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Officers with the Elkhart Police Department drug unit, community affairs bureau, patrol division and Indiana State Police searched the residence around 11:30 a.m., finding 43 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and drug paraphernalia, according to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department.

Officers also found equipment used for the cultivations of marijuana, two pounds of marijuana and a Ruger .22 caliber rifle.