68 Plants Found in College Ave. Home

By Beacon Staff

Sometimes a green thumb can get you in trouble.

Kalispell police officers looking for an armed robbery suspect Tuesday morning instead found 68 marijuana plants growing in an apartment building at 333 College Ave.

Armed with a search warrant, officers searched 38-year-old Richard Schmid’s home. There, they allegedly found a hydroponic growing operation, which is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrients instead of soil.

The pot has a street value of $68,000, according to a press release. Schmid is charged with violating probation and producing dangerous drugs. The case is under investigation and more arrests are possible.