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Man to serve home detention for growing marijuana

Charles Russell Uhler is accused of growing marijuana and related offenses after police say they found more than 1,200 plants being cultivated both on his property and in a nearby cornfield. <a href="http://bit.ly/1B6wSvl">Full story</a>
Charles Russell Uhler is accused of growing marijuana and related offenses after police say they found more than 1,200 plants being cultivated both on his property and in a nearby cornfield. Full story(HANDOUT)

A Taneytown man will serve six months of home detention for growing marijuana on his property and in a nearby cornfield.

Charles Russell Uhler, 60, of the 4400 block of Francis Scott Key Highway, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of manufacturing marijuana.

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Uhler was sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended by Judge Michael M. Galloway. He will begin home detention on June 1.

Uhler was arrested in January after the Maryland State Police Marijuana Eradication Unit spotted what they believed could be a marijuana-growing operation during an surveillance flight, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Deputy State's Attorney Edward Coyne.

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The Carroll County Drug Task Force went to the location and walked through the cornfield near Uhler's home and found numerous marijuana plants near his property and later found some behind his home while serving a warrant, according to Coyne.

Uhler denied responsibility for the 1,000 plants found in the neighboring field, but Coyne said the state maintains the plants were his and that using nearby property is a common tactic of those growing marijuana.

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