Michael Vanmersbergen
Michael Vanmersbergen (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly growing 100 marijuana plants in his bedroom closet in downtown Farmington, according to New Mexico State Police.

Michael Vanmersbergen, 40, was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Jan. 18 after state police investigators acting on an anonymous tip searched Vanmersbergen and his father's home at 213 Lorena Ave., according to the affidavit for Vanmersbergen's arrest. He was charged with distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The state police officer investigating the case, in the affidavit, twice said Vanmersbergen was "very cooperative" during the investigation.

He told police where the marijuana was located. And he said he was selling the marijuana to his cousin for $10 a gram and smoking marijuana to treat a stomach ailment, though he didn't have a medical marijuana license.

Vanmersbergen was released from jail on Jan. 20 after posting an $11,000 bond. He doesn't have a criminal history in New Mexico, according to a state court website.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.