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Tyler Letvin charged with growing marijuana

Tyler Benjamin Letvin, 22, is accused of running a marijuana grow operation at a residence on East Burdick Expressway on Jan. 4.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Letvin had buckets or planters full of dirt with growing marijuana seedlings and items to provide moisture and lights to the plants. He also had assorted marijuana paraphernalia.

Letvin is charged in district court in Minot with Class B felony possession with intent to manufacture marijuana, a Class B felony, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia for manufacture, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

The charges were not filed for seven months after the incident and Letvin did not make an initial appearance in district court until Tuesday. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 26 before Judge Stacy Louser.

In recent months, most people in Ward County who pleaded guilty to a Class B felony intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana charge have received a deferred imposition of sentence, with little or no jail time.

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