A Bozeman man is facing a felony after drug task force investigators found 135 marijuana plants in a Bozeman home.
Sean Gregory Neill, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with criminal production of dangerous drugs. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday, where Judge Bryan Adams set his bail at $20,000.
According to charging documents:
On Friday, investigators with the Missouri River Drug Task Force were serving a warrant on mixed residence and warehouse space at 252 Shepherd Trail.
Marijuana was being cultivated in three rooms in the building. Investigators seized 135 marijuana plants and numerous seedling plants.
Neill was not a registered medical marijuana provider, according to Montana Department of Health and Human Services records.
At Neill’s Monday morning court appearance, public defender Annie DeWolf said she was concerned that Neill might not understand the charges against him. DeWolf said Neill “doesn’t believe in money and trusts in God.”
DeWolf requested that Neill be released on his own recognizance, saying that Neill is homeless and unlikely the one responsible for growing the plants. DeWolf called his connection to the plants “tenuous at best.”
Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Bjorn Boyer asked for a $30,000 bail. Boyer said Neill’s criminal history includes three DUIs as well as convictions for fleeing from police, obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and numerous traffic violations.
If convicted, Neill faces up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.