Police accuse man of growing marijuana at home


Because he wanted a change of clothes, an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged yesterday with multiple marijuana counts, county police said.

Officer Robert Creech went to a home in the 4700 block of Flanders Lane in Harwood about 12: 15 p.m. to serve a warrant charging a man with assault. After Creech arrived, the man asked permission to change into clean clothes because the ones he was wearing were greasy.

When Creech accompanied the man into his bedroom, he detected a strong odor of marijuana just as the man closed a closet door, Creech reported.

After obtaining the man's permission to search the closet, the officer found four marijuana plants, between 8 inches and 24 inches tall, growing in pots and an aquarium, police said. A fluorescent light, heat lamp, black-light lamp, liquid fertilizer and printed matter on how to grow marijuana were also found in the closet, police said.

The officer said he found marijuana and a metal smoking pipe in the man's pockets.

James Patrick Dunne was charged with manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Police said Dunne was being held at the Southern District station pending a bail hearing before an Annapolis District Court commissioner.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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