Officers arrived to an apartment complex on the 700 block of North Cleveland Avenue Thursday morning. What they discovered was an operation to grow and distribute marijuana.
Nicholas Mcilroy, 26, and 24-year-old Sarah Taylor were in court Friday after Sioux Falls Police officers discovered a marijuana growth operation in their apartment.
They were called to their apartment complex for an unrelated issue, but as they were leaving, they picked up a strong smell.
"They finished their call. While they were outside, they actually smelled some raw marijuana odor coming from the building. They were able to trace it back to an exhaust vent," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
The apartment manager told officers the vents connected to individual rooms and they were led to Mcilroy and Taylor's home.
"There were nine marijuana plants that were in various stages of growth. It ended up being 1.68 pounds of marijuana," Clemens said.
Among other items, they also found a growing tent and fans, potting soil, testers, remnants of cocaine and two firearms. Clemens says it is hard to tell at this point how big this growing operation really was.
"I've seen pictures of years past where you've had 30 or 40 plants, then you have smaller ones like this one where you just get a hand full of them. How much business they did out of that apartment, it's hard to say," Clemens said.
Both Mcilroy and Taylor face charges of possession of one to ten pounds of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, using a home to sell and distribute drugs, having drugs in a drug free zone and using illegal drugs. Mcilroy also faces an additional charge of distributing one pound or more of marijuana.
If convicted, they could face between 25 and 30 years in prison.
Mcilroy and Taylor are being held on $1,000 bond and their cases are set for a 15-day preliminary hearing.