Couple charged with marijuana-related offenses

A Minot couple are accused of exposing their toddler and baby to marijuana growing in their apartment.

Justin Jeffrey Likness, 27, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, manufacuting of marijuana, a Class B felony, child endangerment, a Class C felony, ingesting a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor. His wife, Erin Eileen Likness, 24, is charged with child neglect, a Class C felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a police officer smelled marijuana coming from the apartment at 201 36th Avenue NE on Dec. 21. He investigated and knocked on the apartment door. Justin Likness answered. The apartment was a mess, with garbage on the floors, open liquor bottles, food wrappers and ashtrays filled with cigarette butts. There was also marijuana in plain view.

Likness said he and a friend had been smoking marijuana and playing video games. He handed over a plastic container containing several baggies of marijuana. Police obtained a search warrant and found marijuana plants growing in a bucket under a heat lamp in a bedroom closet. The search also turned up marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. Erin Likness told police she does not smoke marijuana but was aware it was in the apartment. She had told her husband to get rid of the pot but said he never did. A 2-year-old and a 4-month-old baby also lived in the apartment.

Both made court appearances last week.

– Andrea Johnson