Pot, guns, dynamite seized Home raided

Arundel man, 40, is charged.

August 12, 1991|By Robert Lee | Robert Lee,Evening Sun Staff

A 40-year-old Anne Arundel County man was being held on $250,000 bail today after police raided his home over the weekend and seized 45 pounds of marijuana, several guns and seven sticks of dynamite, Anne Arundel County police reported.

Richard Colin Daugherty, of the 500 block of Forest Hills Drive, was scheduled to appear for a bail review hearing this afternoon.

Daughtery was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after police raided his Hillsmere home at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, county police said.

Responding to a tip from a neighbor, detectives were searching Daugherty's split-level home when the suspect arrived in a customized van, police said.

"He thought the officers were robbing the house and he came at them with a knife," said police spokesman Tom Kinnane.

Daugherty was arrested by undercover officers who had already searched the basement and discovered marijuana plants and a small amount of hashish.

Afterward, police searched the van and discovered 45 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $144,000, police said.

The marijuana was compressed into bricks and sealed in plastic, suggesting that it was recently harvested and transported into the area, said an undercover detective involved in the arrest.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she had no idea of the magnitude of the raid and said Daugherty had "seemed like a pretty nice guy."

Kinnane said the seizure is the biggest in the county since detectives got 50 pounds of marijuana, 7 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of hashish from James Todd Hibler, the son of an Air Force colonel, in November of 1989.

"This goes to show that the drug problem is not limited to one age or one class of people," Kinnane said.

"It's something that's spread breaks across class boundaries."

Police also seized Daugherty's van, 16 knives, two rifles, a .44-caliber Magnum handgun, scales, plant lights, two half-sticks

and five quarter-sticks of dynamite, $1,400 in cash and a wide variety of jewelry including a half-ounce gold Krugerrand, police said.

Dynamite has been used in other states to set booby traps protecting marijuana fields, Kinnane said.

Agents from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department's bomb squad were called in Friday night to check the home for booby traps but none was found, police said.

Several photographs of outdoor marijuana fields -- some showing pot plants growing between rows of corn -- and elaborate indoor growing operations dating back to the early 1980s were also discovered in Daugherty's home. The precise location of the fields and gardens could not be determined, police said.

Undercover officers involved in the arrest said Daugherty's home is in a "quiet, comfortable, upper-middle-class neighborhood" and that he owned a hot tub and a satellite dish.

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