What started as a routine eviction for the Muscogee County Marshal’s Office on Thursday ended in the seizure of a marijuana plant growing in a plastic pot and the arrest of a suspect on a marijuana possession charge, authorities said today.
Coyotetio Burton, 36, was taken to the Muscogee County Jail where he posted almost $700 bond on the misdemeanor charge and was released. He will face the charge in Municipal Court.
Deputies Anthony Humphries and Dustin Fowler were sent to the 600 block of Morris Road to execute a 2 p.m. eviction. While they were inside the home to clear it for safety, Fowler was asked to re-enter the residence to check on a plant found in the back bedroom in a corner. The plant appeared to be marijuana.
Humphries entered the bedroom and confirmed the other deputy’s identity of the plant. The officers went back outside where they confronted Burton and a woman in an attempt to identify the owner of the marijuana plant.
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With both deputies wearing body cameras, they were told the plant belonged to Burton who said he meant to get rid of the illegal plant. The woman had regular plants in the same pot and he didn’t want to kill them, he told deputies.