Cops find pot plants while responding to gun threat


The Idaho Falls Police Department was responding to a gun threat Sunday when they discovered the suspect was growing marijuana in his basement. 

Police responded to a call at 11:10 a.m. that Michael Scott Allen, 41, threatened to shoot a man Sunday following an argument, according to court records. Allen told police he made the threat because the victim threatened to stab him. The victim said the argument was over a broken plate and Allen unplugging his electronics.

The gun threats were made in front of two children, ages 6 and 11. The victim said he did not want Allen to get in trouble and that Allen needed help for a mental disorder.

While searching the house, officers found 12 to 15 marijuana plants growing in Allen’s basement. Allen refused to discuss the plants, saying he wanted to talk with his wife first. His wife said she had discovered the plants a couple days prior and that she had kicked him out of the house.

Allen was arraigned Monday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, punishable with up to five years in prison. His bond was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 9.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.