A Glenelg man is facing multiple drug charges after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing large amounts of marijuana inside his home.
Daniel Earl Sims, 49, was found running a large marijuana operation from his home on Triadelphia Road, said Wayne Kirwan, spokesman of the Howard County State's Attorney's Office. Sims pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
Kirwan said police found Sims' operation in May after another man, who had recently purchased the property through an online auction, realized the home was occupied. Sims later told police that his lease wasn't up until 2017. During the investigation, police detected a strong marijuana odor coming ventilation fans running along one side of the home. Officers returned to Sims' home the next day with a search and seizure warrant.
On Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Maurice Frazier told Judge William Tucker that officers found "an extremely large, highly sophisticated" operation inside Sims' home, including advanced lighting, ventilation and watering systems. Inside the basement, Sims had also divided rooms for sorting and cultivating the marijuana plants in their growth stages.
Officers also found $75,000 inside a metal safe, Kirwan said.
Sims sentencing is scheduled in March; he was released on $50,000 bond.