Manchester man charged with growing 82 marijuana plants near Manchester Valley High

A Manchester man was charged after investigators allegedly discovered a grow operation of 82 marijuana plants at a residence within 1,000 feet of Manchester Valley High School.

Gary Matthew Long, 57, of the 3200 block of Beaver Street, was charged with one count each of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and distributing a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school’s property. He was released on $5,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of charges, in the second week of August, the Carroll County Drug Task Force investigators received information they deemed reliable about a marijuana growing and distribution operation at Long’s residence.

Investigators began to surveil the residence and found that several suspected marijuana plants were visible in plain view. While watching the property, investigators also viewed an interaction that they believed to be the sale of CDS, according to the statement.

On Aug. 9, investigators executed a search and seizure warrant on the property, where they located 82 marijuana plants in growth stages ranging from potted seedlings to 6-foot-tall plants, according to the statement.

The voicemail box at the number listed for Long was full. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12.

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