Pentwater man faces jail time for growing marijuana.

December 21, 2015
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Clifford Verschueren with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 42-year-old Pentwater man faces up to three months in jail after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Dec. 21, to one felony count of manufacturing marijuana – 20 more plants, but less than 200.

Clifford Eugene Verschueren, of 4867 W. Adams Rd., testified that he was growing marijuana last June at a remote location in Weare Township. According to the police report, he grew 28 plants.

In exchange for his guilty plea, charges in a separate file of one count of felon in possession of a firearm and two misdemeanor counts of illegally taking deer were dismissed. Verschueren’s jail time will be capped at three months in exchange for his plea. He will also be responsible for the cost to extradite him from Utah, which was $2,044.

Verschueren was arrested last October on a warrant stemming from the June 5 incident that was investigated by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT). According to a DNR incident report, he allegedly shot two bucks in Weare Township last July, and the venison was discovered during the SSCENT search warrant, according to the report.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.

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