The man arrested after police found nearly 100 marijuana plants hidden in an underground crawlspace at his home pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges.
Shannon Lee Lange, 32, remains jailed on charges of criminal production of dangerous drugs and criminal possession with intent to distribute, both felonies. He denied the charges at an arraignment hearing in Missoula District Court.
According to charging records, law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant for Lange's home on Carey Lane last month after investigating him for months. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Lange was growing pot in a crawlspace beneath his home, which he had expanded into a full basement.
Officers found numerous glass jars filled with dried marijuana in Lange's garage, as well as a stack of business cards advertising "Organic Goodness." Police then located a trap door and ladder that revealed a maze of passages leading to three separate marijuana "grow rooms" beneath the home.
Authorities counted a total of 95 plants in the residence, but only seized 89. They left behind six plants because Lange is a registered medical marijuana patient. An ounce of dried marijuana also was left at the home, as allowed by Montana law.
Attorney Craig Shannon is representing Lange, and told District Judge Ed McLean that he is reviewing officers' search procedure in the case.