Police: School security officer busted for growing pot

2012-10-15T19:00:00Z 2012-10-15T21:38:03Z Police: School security officer busted for growing potStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 15, 2012 7:00 pm  • 

A security officer at a high school north of LaPorte could face prison time if convicted of growing marijuana outside his residence.

Leon Hubner, 63, told officers he had been raising marijuana for 15 years, according to LaPorte County police.

Hubner is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on Class D felony dealing marijuana in LaPorte Circuit Court.

If convicted, Hubner could face a sentence of six months to three years behind bars.

According to an arrest report, Hubner is employed at La Lumiere High School, a private college preparatory school in rural northern LaPorte County.

Hubner on his Facebook page lists his occupation as the school security officer. Administrators at the school could not be reached for comment.

Among the school's celebrated graduates is U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

According to court documents, Indiana State Police spotted what appeared to be fully grown marijuana plants in the yard of Hubner's residence at 110 W. 12th St. in LaPorte during a helicopter flyover a month ago.

Troopers and officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office went to the property Sept. 19 with a search warrant and discovered 38 marijuana plants in pots on the south side of his property, police said.

Fake flowers were attached to the stems of the marijuana plants and intertwined with the plants to try and disguise them, police said.

Hubner was inside the home, which contained three grow rooms in the basement, police said.

The grow rooms were lined with plastic and contained sodium and fluorescent lights along with thermometers and other growing devices, police said.

Hubner told police he started growing the marijuana indoors earlier in the season but later moved the plants outside, according to court documents.

Hubner said he obtained the lights in California in the late 1980s and purchased replacement bulbs at a hydroponic shop in South Bend, police said.

He also revealed he grows one crop every year and was planning on harvesting this year's crop in one or two weeks, according to court documents.

Hubner allegedly told police he smokes two to three marijuana cigarettes a day.

Police said 16 grams of marijuana inside three canisters was seized from the home along with five guns.

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