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11 year-old boy helps bust parents for marijuana possession


(CBS) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - An 11-year old boy helped authorities bust his mother and stepfather for drug possession after becoming fed up with the constant smell of their marijuana habit.

CBS Minneapolis reports that the boy told his biological father about what he had seen and smelled in his home that he shared with mother Heidi Siebenaler, stepfather Mark Siebenaler and 8-year-old brother. Using his phone, he photographed a Walmart bag full of a "leafy green substance" and handed the photo over to police.

The Dakota County Drug Task Force raided the home on Oct. 25, after obtaining a search warrant, and found about eight pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a black scale within the house.

The boy told law enforcement officials that he often smells burnt marijuana smoke and can't escape the smell unless he goes outside. He has allegedly complained several times to his mother about the smell, but she told him that using the drug was "not that bad."

The Star Tribune reports that Heidi Siebenaler,40, who is a Dakota County probation supervisor on paid administrative leave, said she smokes marijuana for medicinal purposes. Medical marijuana is not legal in Minnesota.

A Washington County criminal complaint says authorities charged Siebenaler with fifth-degree possession of marijuana.

"These allegations raise moral concerns and legal concerns," said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. "It's disappointing when someone in law enforcement gets caught breaking the law. In this case it is particularly disappointing."

The newspaper says officers also went to a spot where Mark Seinbenaler grows marijuana.

Police said the photos showed about two pounds of marijuana, an amount more than what would be typical for personal use.

"Larger quantities," the sheriff deputy wrote in the search warrant, "are more commonly found with those who distribute for profit or to sustain addiction."

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