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Man arrested after authorities found 130 marijuana plants in Maugans Avenue building

Chad Eason Frobauck faces numerous charges after turning himself in on warrant

February 08, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

A Sharpsburg man was arrested Monday, about six months after authorities found an indoor marijuana-growing operation in a strip mall along Maugans Avenue.

Chad Eason Frobauck, 32, of 5329 Mondel Road, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and possessing a building for the production of a controlled dangerous substance, according to Washington County District Court records.

Frobauck is also known as Chad Eason Frobouck, according to a Maryland judiciary case search website.

Authorities last August found about 130 marijuana plants in a building that was  leased for a computer business in a strip mall along Maugans Avenue, according to court records.

Frobauck went before Washington County  District Judge Mark D. Thomas Tuesday for a bond hearing. Frobauck said he helped his sister farm in the spring and summer, and the family depended on his income in the winter.

Frobauck said he had no prior criminal record and surrendered to authorities after he learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

"This was a substantial grow and would have yielded a substantial profit," Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said.

Frobauck was released from the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday on $35,000 bond.

His arrest follows a discovery made on Aug. 13 when Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputy 1st Class Matthew Bragunier was sent to 18020 Maugans Ave. in Maugansville for a possible "marijuana grow," according to court records.

When Bragunier went inside the building, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana and saw marijuana plants, court records said.

The owner of the building told a Washington County Narcotics Task Force member that the location had been leased for a computer business. Numerous pots and computers were found inside, the records said.

In one room, fluorescent lights were positioned over about 86 small marijuana plants, the records said.

There was a "fanning system" in the room, timers for the lights and, another room, where about 44 marijuana plants were growing, had an "elaborate lighting system," court records said.

Authorities found dried marijuana plants in a bathroom and hallway, a digital scale and some marijuana books, the records said.

Staff Writer Don Aines contributed to this story

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