An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted a Galloway Township man on Thursday for having a 40-inch marijuana plant in his home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
Wilson O. Klein, 32, of Club Place, was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. It alleged that in the afternoon on April 24, 2011, a neighbor called Galloway Township police voicing concern because Klein’s front door had been open since the night before and Klein’s car was parked in its usual parking space. Police responded to the residence and checked to see if Klein was inside. Klein was on vacation and not home at the time, and upon further inspection, the officers discovered the marijuana plant in a bedroom closet located next to a hot water heater with a light over the plant. Klein, an Atlantic City High School teacher, turned himself in to the Galloway Township Police Department on May 2, according to Assistant Prosecutor Erika Halayko, who presented the case to the Grand Jury.
Possession of marijuana more than 50 grams is a crime of the fourth-degree. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.