Boy Turns in Probation Officer Mom Over Pot Stash

An 11-year-old boy said he was sick of smelling pot at his house.

November 16, 2011, 12:13 PM

Nov. 16, 2011— -- A probation supervisor may soon be answering to one of her own after her 11-year-old son got fed up with smelling marijuana in the home he shared with his mom and stepfather and told on the pair to authorities.

A Hastings, Minn., boy snapped a picture that showed about two pounds worth of high grade marijuana sitting on his mother and stepfather's dresser, according to police.

The preteen, who police did not identify, reportedly confronted his mother, Heidi Christine Siebenaler, who is a Dakota County probation supervisor, about the smell, which he told police was so pungent he "was unable to escape [it] without going outside."

Siebenaler allegedly told her son that marijuana use is "not that bad," a criminal complaint stated.

The boy, who police called "mature for his age," forwarded the picture to his biological father who turned it over to authorities.

A search warrant was executed in the family's home on Oct. 25, where police found eight pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with a black digital scale in an RV parked outside the home.

The boy's stepfather, Mark Siebenaler, is being charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana, while Heidi Siebenaler is being charged with fifth-degree possession.

Son Turns in Mom for Marijuana Stash

"He was feeling conflicted," said Dan Bianconi, a sergeant with the Dakota County Drug Task Force who was part of the team that executed the warrant. "He didn't take any pride in this."

The case was turned over to Washington County since Heidi Siebenaler's employment with Dakota County, where she resides, would constitute a conflict of interest, a spokesman from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office said.

Pete Orput, Washington County attorney, told he was especially disappointed to see someone like Heidi Siebenaler allegedly living in an environment where drugs were present.

"She, along with most of us, see every day the offenders that are struggling with their chemical dependencies," Orput said. "For her not to see it as a problem is disconcerting."

Mark Siebenaler doesn't dispute that the marijuana belongs to him. He told police he smokes it for medicinal purposes, despite the fact that medical marijuana is not legal in Minnesota.

"I smoke marijuana and I'm not ashamed to say it," Siebenaler told KMSP-TV.

According to the complaint, he told police his wife knew of the marijuana in the home, however Heidi Siebenaler denied knowing about the marijuana in an interview with KMSP-TV Tuesday.

"They said my son couldn't escape the smell of marijuana and had to go outside for a breather," Heidi Siebenaler said. "That's not true. I live in this house. Never smelled it before. It makes me sick."

Siebenaler was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 2. called a listed number for the Siebenalers, but was unable to reach anyone.

It is unclear whether the 11-year-old boy is staying in Siebenaler's home or with his biological father.

"He's a very mature 11-year-old," Bianconi said. "He knows he did the right thing."

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