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Police say woman led them to pot plants

September 18, 2008

A Pettis County woman was arrested after officers found several marijuana plants growing in her home.



Jennifer Eldridge, 23, of Bryson Road, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and charged with the class B felony of manufacture of a controlled substance. She was released from the Pettis County Jail late Thursday afternoon on a $50,000 bond.



Pettis County and drug task force officers found three pots with marijuana plants and a plastic cup containing another marijuana plant in Eldridge’s home, according to a Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force detective.



Eldridge said the plants belonged to her husband, Robert, according to a probable cause statement written by Trampus Jackson, a drug task force detective.



 Officers spoke to Robert Eldridge, 26, by phone, and he admitted the plants were his, Jackson reported.



Jennifer Eldridge told Jackson she knew the plants were growing and led him to their location in the house, according to Jackson’s statement.



Robert Eldridge was not arrested, nor had any charges been filed against him in connection with the case late Thursday afternoon.



Officers went to the home to serve Robert Eldridge with two arrest warrants, but he was at work. Jennifer Eldridge let the officers in the home.



Jackson reported he could smell marijuana in the dining room. Another detective said he saw the marijuana plants in plain view, according to court documents.



Officers seized including digital scales with marijuana residue, rolling papers, several burnt marijuana cigarettes and several pipes.