A former state trooper was in federal court today where he pled guilty to growing 300 marijuana plants. According to a press release, Kurt Steffen, 30, of Summerville, pled guilty to charges of manufacturing and possessing with the intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants. The release said Steffen grew the marijuana plants while he was a state trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol to make more money. Steffen purchased a five acre plot in the Ridgeville area to house the plants in an operation with other, unnamed people.
The Dorchester County Metro Narcotics Unit discovered the growing plants in January 2010. According to the press release, Steffen and his unnamed co-defendants netted thousands of dollars in profits before they were discovered. Deputies found thousands of dollars in equipment along with more than 300 marijuana plants on the five acre property. The press release said Steffen admitted to transporting marijuana in his state issued patrol vehicle. Steffen is facing 5-40 years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000,000 to be followed by a minimum of four years supervised release. The case was investigated by members of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and the Summerville Police Department.
via : myrtlebeachOnline
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