A Rutland man is charged with growing marijuana in the woods behind his home in Danby.
Jason A. Seifert, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday in Rutland criminal court to a single felony charge of marijuana cultivation. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. Seifert was freed on conditions that he continue his drug counseling and not have contact with the witnesses in the case.
Police said they responded to a call in October from Seifert’s landlord, Howard Buffum, who was performing exterior maintenance on the Little Village Road property to prepare it for winter. Buffum told police he found potted plants he believed to be marijuana as well as items he said “did not belong,” such as a dryer exhaust vent on the opposite side of the building from the dryer.
Police said they found 38 plants between 2 and 4 feet tall, some potted and some in the ground. The decaying remains of other plants that appeared to have been harvested and a variety of hydroponic gardening materials were also uncovered. Two of the plants bore