Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 7, 2014

Police say senior citizen was a pot farmer

Search uncovers around 200 marijuana plants in Kokomo garage

By Scott Smith
Kokomo Tribune

---- — A Kokomo senior citizen is accused of running a marijuana growing operation out of her west side house, police said Monday.

Jo Jordan, 71, faces felony charges in connection with a police search of her home in the 1700 block of West Jefferson Street just after midnight Sunday.

“You see a little bit of everything in this job,” Kokomo Police Maj. Brian Seldon said. “Not too much surprises us anymore. But it’s not too often you find a person of that age with an illegal growing operation in her garage.”

Seldon said police were called to the home around 12:42 a.m. on a report of a prowler. While there, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the garage.

The KPD’s Drug Task Force was familiar with the house prior to the prowler call, Seldon said, declining to elaborate.

Seldon said Jordan cooperated with the investigation and allowed a search of the house.

Inside the house and the garage, police said they found about 200 growing marijuana plants.

Jordan’s grandson, Tegan Karns, 22, Lafayette, La., also was arrested at the house on a preliminary misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

Formal charges against both Jordan and Karns are expected to be filed today. Jordan was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of marijuana possession, dealing marijuana, cultivating marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. The marijuana charges were all Class D felonies.

Public records show Jordan has owned the home since 2002, and has both senior citizens and homestead exemptions on the property.

Police seized two vehicles in the raid — a Saturn and a Honda CRV — along with the marijuana plants. The Indiana State Police assisted in the investigation. Seldon said the investigation remains ongoing.

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