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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they responded to a scene early Friday morning where a Louisville man claimed his marijuana was being burglarized.
According to an arrest report, 911 dispatchers received a phone call asking police to come to an address on St. Joseph Avenue, near the intersection of the Watterson Expressway and Dixie Hwy., but the call was disconnected.
When officers arrived on the scene, they say they found 51-year-old Stephen Byerly. Police say Byerly told them he found two individuals in his home, "who then burglarized his marijuana plants."
When Byerly gave police permission to search his home, officers allegedly found 10 marijuana plants growing in the basement. They also found a "sophisticated irrigation, lighting and ventilation system."
Police say Byerly told them he was forced to grow marijuana so he could raise money after being laid off from his job.
Byerly was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.