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Marijuana plants seized from Smithsburg home

June 18, 2007

More than 160 suspected marijuana plants were taken from a Smithsburg home, where Sgt. Mark Holtzman, director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said a suspect was at the center of a "quite an extensive indoor grow operation."

Agents seized 129 plants from a room at 11743 Pleasant Valley Road that had exhaust fans and artificial lighting, according to a press release from the task force. Thirty-two plants were outside the home in pots.

Holtzman estimated the plants, which were maturing and already producing marijuana buds, each are worth about $1,000. He said the average plant can produce one pound of marijuana.

A small amount of cocaine also was seized, according to the press release.

The task force said Clyde Earl Servis III, 45, who lived at the home, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of controlled-dangerous substances paraphernalia and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance.

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The operation was one of the biggest in recent memory, according to Holtzman.

"It's one of the largest that we've seized in the five years since I've been out here," Holtzman said.

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