Sunderland mother and son charged with possession and cultivation of marijuana

Journal Staff

SUNDERLAND — A Sunderland woman and her 19-year-old son have been charged with the possession and cultivation of marijuana following a search of their home on Sophie's Way in Sunderland.

On the night of September 13, Vermont State Police Troopers from the Shaftsbury Barracks responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Sandgate Road. The vehicle's operator, 19-year-old Morgan Hetes, was then transported to his mother's residence in Sandgate.

While continuing to investigate the crash, VSP Troopers discerned that marijuana was being grown at the home of Maryellen Hetes, 56. Troopers proceeded to apply for two search warrants — one for Hetes' home and another for the vehicle involved in the crash — both of which were approved.

After VSP executed those search warrants, both Maryellen and Morgan Hetes were found to be not just in possession of marijuana, but cultivating it as well. Maryellen and Morgan Hetes were then cited at a later date to appear at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 4 to answer the the charge of Possession and Cultivation of Marijuana.


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