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Grand Forks Herald , Published May 23 2012

Northwood man sentenced for pot growing operation

GRAND FORKS - A Northwood man arrested after a marijuana growing operation was found in the basement of the home where he lived received a deferred sentence Wednesday.

Tyler James Alexander Berg, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and manufacturing a controlled substance with intent to deliver, both Class B felonies. He had his 30-day jail term deferred but will be under two years of supervised probation.

According to a court affidavit, a Grand Forks Area Narcotics Task Force informant bought 48 grams of marijuana from Berg at a Northwood home on Jan. 25.

The next day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the home and found a growing operation in the basement, including lights and fans. They also confiscated more than a half pound of marijuana that had been harvested, three scales and $963 in cash.

As part of his plea agreement, Berg had another count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor paraphernalia count dropped.

Of the money confiscated, $600 went toward restitution and the other $363 was forfeited to the task force.