Officers seized 141 marijuana plants from Jerry Redmon’s backyard.
They received an anonymous tip about the plants on July 1. Neighbors say someone snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook. They believe that’s what led to the tip.
Around 9p.m. that night, Pekin Police officers responded to the home on Matilda Street and found the plants along with 626 grams of processed weed.
One area resident says she knew Redmon very well and she was just as shocked as police.
“It was absolutely a shock because Jerry is [has] always been a very kind, helpful neighbor,” she explained.
She said she never saw or suspected anything, but police said it was only a matter of time before they busted him.
“Obviously you grow that many cannabis plants in your backyard and it's a matter of time before somebody's going to notice that and call the police,” said Detective Mike Eeten of Pekin Police Department.
Detective Eeten said even after receiving the tip, they didn’t expect to find more than two or three plants.
They found 117 plants in the ground and 24 of them were potted.
The nearby neighbor said Redmon admitted to her that it was an unfortunate lapse in judgment to grow the illegal plant, but she said his recognition of guilt is a testament to his personality.
“I don't believe he's some kind of evil mastermind criminal.”
Redmon was charged on multiple drug charges.
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