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Police seize about 19 marijuana plants from home of Martinsburg man

August 16, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man is accused of growing pot at a home where police seized about 19 marijuana plants on Aug. 6, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

David A. Donaldson, 33, of Botecelli Court was arraigned Thursday evening on one felony count of manufacturing/cultivation of marijuana, court records said.

The plants were found by police after they responded to the Botecelli residence to investigate the whereabouts of a woman’s daughter. The woman told police that her daughter had a drug problem and was afraid she might have overdosed at the residence, records said.

Martinsburg Police found the residence in disarray, with animal feces, trash, used needles and other clutter strewn throughout the home, but did not locate the woman’s daughter or anyone else inside, records said.

The door to the home was unlocked and a window was broken. The marijuana was found in basement rooms, but the plants did not appear to be in good condition, apparently because grow lamps were turned off, records said.

Other items used in marijuana-growing operations were also found in the basement, records said.

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— Matthew Umstead

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