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Marijuana plants taken from home in county

August 28, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Two people were taken into custody Friday after police seized more than 200 marijuana plants from a home near Sharpsburg, according to police.

Robert Bowers, 50, and Sharon Bowers, 46, both of 16913 Sprecher Road, each were charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of creating a common nuisance.

Both were released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The seizure came after trained observers riding in a Maryland Air National Guard helicopter spotted the marijuana plants. Such eradication flights are done routinely, as was the case Friday, Maryland State Police Sgt. Robert Shelley said.

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After spotting the marijuana plants from the air, officers on the ground approached the house.

Two marked Maryland State Police cruisers, three marked Washington County Sheriff's Department cruisers and two unmarked police cars were parked in the one-lane driveway in the afternoon. It was unclear whether a third unmarked car was a police cruiser, but it was parked in between a marked cruiser and an unmarked one.

Police were talking to a man and a woman seated in chairs on the lawn.

A Maryland State Police crime lab van pulled up just as a trooper pulled his unmarked car out of the driveway to block the driveway's entrance. The driveway is one-fifth of a mile from Camp Mary-Mac Christian Church Capital Area Disciples of Christ on Sprecher Road.

Most of the 208 plants that were seized were about 1 foot tall. Shelley said about 40 plants were between 4 and 5 feet tall.

A street value cannot be assigned to marijuana unless it is manicured and cut. However, Shelley said marijuana growers can produce anywhere from one to three pounds of dried marijuana from a plant, depending on the grower's skill.

A pound of homegrown marijuana will sell on the street for around $1,000, Shelley said.

Staff writer Julie E. Greene contributed to this story.

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