NEWFIELD, N.Y. — A Newfield woman is facing a felony marijuana possession charge after the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office allegedly seized 118 marijuana plants from her residence.

At about 7:47 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to 630 Millard Hill Road in Newfield for a reported burglary in progress. When they arrived, deputies located a blue sedan occupied by two men who said they were not burglarizing the residence, and said they were there because they had allegedly been ripped off when buying marijuana from a female resident.

During the course of the investigation, deputies interviewed the homeowner, Joyce L. Riberty, 55. The sheriff’s office said Riberty admitted to operating a marijuana grow operation underground, which was accessible through the garage.

After getting consent, deputies said, they searched the property and found marijuana where she described.

In total, the sheriff’s office reportedly seized 118 marijuana plants ranging in size and age, 8 ounces of dried marijuana and equipment including halogen lights, inverters and humidifiers. The sheriff’s office said the following day Riberty was charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony.

Riberty was issued an appearance ticket and is due to appear June 21 in the Town of Newfield Court.

Kelsey O'Connor

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