Dispute over missing tree leads Port St. Lucie police to marijuana plants

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Two Port St. Lucie residents are facing charges after a dispute over a missing tree led police to marijuana plants growing at a home.

On June 15, police were called to the 200 block of SW Oakridge Drive by a resident who wanted to report that a tree his daughter had planted was missing from his yard. 

The resident told police that he suspected his neighbor had taken the tree. 

Police said they were able to see the marijuana plants from the resident’s yard and began to investigate.

Police learned that Kathleen Martin, 59, and Bryan Martin, 50, lived at the residence on Oakridge Drive, where the marijuana was growing in the backyard. 

Police said they saw Bryan Martin inside the house and tried to get him to answer the door. 

Officers said while they were trying to get him to answer the door, Kathleen Martin arrived home.  

She told them that they were growing the marijuana for personal use because it helps Bryan Martin sleep. 

The couple was charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.  They were taken to the St. Lucie County Jail for booking. 

Police seized four marijuana plants from the residence.

It's unclear if the resident ever found his missing tree.

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