Marijuana plants, paraphernalia discovered at Columbia residence

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 8:05 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 24, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police found eight marijuana plants early Sunday morning when they responded to a report of a burglary at an apartment.

Police responded to a call from Donald E. Taylor, 21, around 2 a.m. Sunday at 103 N. Stadium Blvd., Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said. Taylor told police that his girlfriend, Zahara L. Warn, 21, had broken into the residence and was damaging property.

When police met Warn at the door, they saw she was bleeding from a cut on her arm and the sliding glass door was shattered. Warn told police that Taylor had pushed her into the door.

When police came inside to search for other injured people, they found eight marijuana plants in an open closet and drug paraphernalia in the apartment, Haden said.

While police sought a search warrant, Taylor and two other occupants, Michael T. Heckman, 21, and Bradley A. Sears, 20, were detained. Warn was taken to the hospital, Haden said.

After obtaining the warrant, police confiscated the plants, some growing equipment and drug paraphernalia.

Taylor, Heckman and Sears were arrested on suspicion of drug manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were taken to the Boone County Jail. After receiving treatment, Warn was arrested on the same charges and admitted to the county jail, Haden said.

Taylor was released on $50,000 bond. Sears was released on $20,000 bond. Warn and Heckman were still in jail, each on $20,000 bond, as of Wednesday afternoon. 

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