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Falling Waters couple faces marijuana cultivation charges

May 25, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - An investigation of a hit-and-run accident in Washington County in March led to the arrest of a Falling Waters, W.Va., couple who were arraigned this week on charges of cultivating marijuana at their home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Andrew L. Harries, 29, and his girlfriend, Shannon L. Bayer, 34, of 108 Treatwater Drive, were charged by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Burkhart with manufacture of a Schedule I drug or cultivation of marijuana.

In his complaint, Burkhart said he smelled a strong odor of marijuana when he spoke to Harries outside their home about the accident.

Burkhart said Harries admitted he had marijuana in the house, and the officer found 15 plants growing in plastic containers in a sectioned-off room. The room's walls were partially covered with reflective metallic paper.

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The "grow room" was divided again, with hanging lights over female and male plants. Two other plants, labeled "BB," were found in a black plastic container and Burkhart said he was told by Bayer that was short for Blueberry, a different type of marijuana.

Burkhart said he found nutrients used in the cultivation process, loose marijuana vegetation and a sheet with the words "buds" and "momma" written on it.

In the master bedroom, Burkhart said he found marijuana and several smoking devices, including some in an unlocked safe.

Harries told police he had been growing marijuana for six months and that his girlfriend was unhappy about it, and that it was only for personal use, Burkhart said.

As for the accident in Maryland, Burkhart said in his complaint that Harries admitted to backing into another vehicle and left the scene because "he got nervous."

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