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W.Va. man faces drug, harrassment charges

March 06, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of frequently calling the Martinsburg detachment of West Virginia State Police while intoxicated was arrested Monday night after troopers found marijuana plants growing at his home, according to court documents.

Michael Eric Brown of 328 Range Drive in Gerrardstown, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one count of cultivating marijuana and one count of telephone harassment, according to court documents.

Brown called the detachment Monday night and said that someone had burned his house down and he wanted justice for the crime, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by Trooper L.C. Stephen.

In the conversation, police allege Brown became belligerent and continued to use profanity toward Stephen, according to court documents.

Brown began yelling at Stephen and another trooper after they went to Brown’s home, saying someone burned his house down seven years ago and “he wanted something done about it now,” according to Stephen’s complaint.

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Stephen noted troopers had been previously been yelled at over the phone and told by Brown that he wishes their houses would burn down “so they would know the pain of losing a home,” according to Stephen’s complaint.

Brown denied calling the detachment and told the troopers Monday night they could look at the call log on his mobile phone, but would not find a single phone call to their detachment, according to court documents.

The troopers then followed Brown into his residence and they spotted a small marijuana plant growing in a flower pot in plain sight, according to court documents.

Police subsequently found 21 red cups containing potting soil and marijuana seeds, a small marijuana plant in a red cup and a box of Miracle Grow at the residence, according to court documents.

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