NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A maintenance worker who was trying to find the source of a leak in an apartment found a marijuana growing operation in another unit, according to court documents.
The documents show police found a marijuana plant and other items last month, after searching a unit in the Kingstowne Apartments near Jefferson Avenue.
Maintenance workers first entered the apartment after a complaint of a leak from the unit below, the paperwork said. Inside the upper apartment, the workers found a purple light and what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation, and took several pictures, court documents said.
When police got there, they smelled marijuana and found plants, buckets, and jars, totaling 17 ounces of the drug, according to court paperwork. Officers said they also found an AR-15 assault rifle.
Christopher Michael Gibson and Michelle Elizabeth Best were both at the apartment and were arrested, police said.
According to the documents, Gibson told police he started growing the marijuana in December and was going to attempt to start growing mushrooms, but did not start. Court paperwork shows police also found a credit card skimmer and residue of the drug commonly known as “ecstasy.”
Gibson was charged with four narcotics charges and two gun charges and is due in court in October. Best was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacture marijuana and will have a hearing later this month.
No one answered the door at Gibson and Best’s apartment when 10 On Your Side stopped by Thursday. Employees with Kingstowne Apartments declined to comment on the case.