State Street woman denies growing pot
By Josh O'Gorman
A Rutland woman denied charges she was growing marijuana in her State Street home.
Tammy Duquette, 50, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Monday to a felony charge of cultivating three or more pot plants, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to an affidavit filed with the court, in late July, state police received a tip of a grow operation at 182 State St. When police arrived, they met Duquette outside, who reportedly told police she had three pot plants inside, records state.
Affidavits state Duquette allowed police to search her residence, and the search revealed a grow operation – including lights, timers, plant food and fertilizer – with 17 plants.
“While inside this room Duquette advised me that she was responsible for growing the marijuana plants and that she was not very good at it,” Sate Police Detective Cpl. David LaChance wrote in his affidavit. “She advised she had been growing the marijuana plants for her own used (sic) and was not selling any of the marijuana.”