NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said they found a marijuana growing operation inside a Medina teacher and her husband’s house in North Ridgeville. Teacher Shannon Briggs, 34, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana and endangering children, North Ridgeville police Sgt. Adam Freas said. Her husband, Matthew Briggs, 35, is charged with cultivation of marijuana and endangering children. Both turned themselves into North Ridgeville police on Sept. 28. Their two young children also live at the house. The marijuana plants were discovered at the couple’s Depot Street home Aug. 31. A neighbor reported that their front door was wide open. Two officers responded. They called out for the residents, but no one answered, so they checked the house to make sure everything was OK. A marijuana growing operation was discovered in their basement, police said. “There were six mature plants and 20 smaller ones,” Freas said.
Drug paraphernalia such as smoking devices and a jar with marijuana in it was on a table. Police got a search warrant and seized all the marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police waited several weeks for results to come back from the lab and then advised the couple to turn themselves in. The Briggs did and then posted bond later that day. Elyria Municipal Judge Lisa Locke Grave placed conditions Monday on their bonds that there is zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use or possession, according to Elyria Municipal Court records. There was no indication of trafficking, Freas said. One of the adults admitted as being primarily behind the operation, but both knew of it. She told police she permitted and allowed it, Freas said. Since the marijuana was in reach of the couple’s two young children, Lorain County Children Services were notified. “They investigated it, but the children were not removed from the home,” Freas said. Shannon Briggs is a middle school special education teacher for Medina City Schools. She’s been a teacher for 12 years and is currently on administrative leave, Superintendent Randy Stepp said. The school will do an investigation and act as appropriate depending on what they find. “We’re doing an investigation into charges, and once we complete it, we’ll make a determination about charges if warranted,” Stepp said.
via : Morning Journal
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