31 year old Joseph Fischer of Cascade made an appearance in a Washington county Court room and pleaded not guilty to three drug charges after an officer investigating a possible burglary in the home he shares with his mother found a marijuana-growing operation in the home’s basement. Fischer is charged with the manufacturing or delivering of THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the criminal complaint, a Jackson officer was sent to a home October 30th because the homeowner reported a possible burglary. The homeowner told a deputy someone might be in the basement. Upon arriving at the home, police immediately noticed an overpowering smell of marijuana and discovered a growing room. A search warrant was obtained and officers then discovered a second growing room along with two drying closets in the basement. Officers also found a large amount of dried marijuana and paraphernalia in the man’s bedroom. Fischer told the officer the marijuana was for him and he didn’t sell it. Fischer acknowledged that he knew what he was doing was illegal. Fischer appeared with his attorney William Reddin before Circuit Court Judge Todd Martens and entered not guilty pleas to the charges. Fischer’s next court hearing will be February fifth for a proceedings hearing.