Rochester Woman Charged After She Was Found Tending Pot Grow

By The Chronicle

A Rochester woman is facing a felony charge after officers reportedly found her working at a Salkum marijuana grow, according to court documents

Michelle R. Toso, 27, was charged Friday in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of manufacturing marijuana, a class C felony. 

She made her first appearance in custody and was released after Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed to grant her $10,000 unsecured bail. 

According to court documents, deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in the 27000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Salkum Thursday. 

When they arrived, Toso was at the residence, according to court documents. 

Deputies searched the location and found cut and processed marijuana in several large black garbage bags, in addition to about 60 to 70 mature plants. The residence also contained grow lights and fans. 

Toso told deputies she worked at the grow watering and tending to the plants, but did not own it. 

Toso’s next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.