Tompkins County deputies seized 118 marijuana plants from a marijuana grow operation at a Newfield home Thursday after two males told the deputies they bought overpriced marijuana from the homeowner.

Deputies initially arrived to the home on 630 Millard Hill Road because of a burglary complaint, authorities said. The two males told the deputies they were not committing burglary but were there to find the homeowner.

During an investigation, deputies interviewed the homeowner, Joyce Riberty, 55, deputies said. Riberty admitted to operating a marijuana grow operation in her garage, they said. After obtaining consent, deputies searched the garage and found the marijuana plants, a sheriff’s office news release stated. Deputies seized 118 marijuana plants, 8 ounces of dried marijuana, and equipment including halogen lights, inverters and humidifiers. 

The following day, Riberty was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, authorities said. Riberty was released on an appearance ticket ordering her return at the Town of Newfield Court at 5:30 p.m. June 21.

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