Troopers: Wasilla pot grower flushed away the product

WASILLA -- A Wasilla man indicted last week on drug charges for a pot grow tried to destroy the marijuana by burning and flushing it, Alaska State Troopers say.

Troopers arrested 50-year-old Todd M. Bergeron on July 16 after serving a search warrant on his home where they found a “commercial marijuana grow consisting of 50 plants,” an online release said Monday.

Bergeron tried to destroy the evidence while troopers waited to get the warrant, a state public safety spokeswoman said. Troopers said he ran boxes out to a burning fire pit, where they later salvaged a “burnt brick of marijuana,” spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email. “He was also soaking wet and sweating from flushing and plunging marijuana down the toilet. There were marijuana remnants in the toilet and tub, and the floor and plunger were also wet.”

A Palmer grand jury on Thursday indicted Bergeron on three counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of evidence tampering. He is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 4. 

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