Police seize 60 pot plants

April 09, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies said they found about 60 marijuana plants valued at approximately $18,000 in a house along Torytown Road in Bunker Hill Wednesday.

Deputies also found an indoor growing operation, which included high-intensity lights connected to a timer.

Some of the plants were found in a bathroom while others were near a sliding glass door at the back of the house, according to Magistrate Court records.

Paul Rosenkrantz, 38, of Route 2, Bunker Hill, the owner of the house, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.


Rosenkrantz also was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, according to deputies.

Rosenkrantz was arraigned by Magistrate Ruth Donaldson and placed in the Eastern Regional Jail on $40,000 bond, police said.

Deputies said they searched Rosenkrantz's house about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Torytown Road is located off U.S. 11 in Bunker Hill.

The search was the result of an investigation that originated with a Virginia task force made up of Virginia State Police and other agencies in the Winchester, Va., area, deputies said.

A spokesman for the Winchester Police Department said two arrests were made in Winchester Wednesday morning in connection with the case. Sgt. David White said he could not release the names of the people arrested because of a continuing investigation into the case.

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