LAS VEGAS, N.M. — A northern New Mexico man is facing charges after police say officers passed in his house and saw marijuana plants in his front window.

The Las Vegas Optic reports ( Lawrence Arellanes was arrested last week following the visual clues spotted by two Las Vegas police officers.

Arellanes told the officers he didn’t have a medical marijuana card and promised to turn over the plants to be destroyed. But inside the home, officers smelled marijuana and found a glass smoking device.

Authorities later seized 15 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun, a revolver, two scales, and other items.

Arellanes was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was not known if he had an attorney.

Information from: Las Vegas Optic,

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