Man from Savage charged with running drug operation out of child care center

A man from Savage has been charged in connection with running a drug operation out of his home, which he also used as a licensed child care center, Howard County Police said Friday.

David Geoffrey Anderson, 31, of the 9000 block of Baltimore Street, was charged with multiple marijuana counts, including manufacturing, production and distribution, after detectives executing a search warrant on Sept. 30 found large quantities of the drug being grown in a "sophisticated operation" inside the home, police said. 

Anderson's home is also a licensed child care center, although that license was suspended by the State Department of Education on Sept. 30, according to a department spokesman. 

The spokesman said the suspension is indefinite, although applicant's can appeal within 30 days. Anderson has not yet filed an appeal, the spokesman said. 

Police said they discovered the operation through an anonymous tip.

Detectives found a room under the house that was fitted for growing the drug, police said. The room had heat insulation, an elaborate electrical system with high density lighting, a ventilation system and scented materials to mask the odor, according to police. 

Police also found marijuana plants, seeds, fertilizer and plastic baggies of marijuana in various rooms in the house and in an outdoor shed.

Police also said they discovered a loaded handgun with ammunition inside the house, and that several more firearms were found in the shed.

Anderson has been released from the Howard County Detention Center on $35,000 bond, police said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing with the possibility of more charges being filed.

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