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County teen admits to marijuana possession

February 02, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to possession of marijuana, a charge filed after police found marijuana in his couch while searching his parents' house after a December 2006 party.

A predisposition investigation was ordered for the boy, whose attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison, said at first was reluctant to admit to the offense considering the circumstances surrounding the charge.

Maryland State Police received a tip that the boy was having an underage drinking party at his Falling Waters Road home after a neighbor called the boy's stepfather, who was out of town, on Dec. 30 about 10 p.m., Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

When troopers arrived at the home, they smelled smoked marijuana and received consent from the stepfather for a search, she said.

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Troopers found "numerous pipes and several small baggies of marijuana" inside a couch at the house, she said.

The boy took responsibility for the drugs and paraphernalia, Flores said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, commended the stepfather for calling police and consenting to the search.

He ordered the youth detained pending the youth's Feb. 14 disposition.

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