Police Seize Drugs, Weapons

September 01, 1991|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer

County narcotics police seized about $7,500 worth of marijuana plants and a variety of weapons and drug paraphernalia Thursday at a home north of Deep Run.

Lewis Earl Adler, 32, of the 4800 block of Grand Valley Road, was charged after the raid. He was jailed, but was released from the detention center late Friday afternoon after posting bond.

Adler's bond originally had been set at $65,000, but was reduced to $10,000, authorities said.

Police raided Adler's home at 7:30 p.m. after receiving an anonymous tip, said Barton F. Walker III, who heads the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force.

Police seized five 7-foot marijuana plants, eight shotguns, two handguns, a 1987 Ford pick-up, gun holsters, a knife, boxes of shotgun shells and a variety of drug paraphernalia. "The plants appear to be high quality," Walker said.

One shotgun and one handgun were loaded, Walker said at a Friday afternoon press conference.

Adler was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

The same charges are pending against a 33-year-old woman who lived with Adler, Walker said. She was not arrested Thursday night because she was caring for a child in the house, police said.

The seizure was the sixth in the county since mid-August, Walker said. Countynarcotics police have been assisted by the Marijuana Crop Eradication Unit of the state police, which uses planes and helicopters to spotmarijuana crops.

Authorities are flying over the county daily, Walker said. When they spot marijuana plants, they notify county narcotics police, he said.

On Aug. 15, police seized 25 plants from a home in the 1800 block of Valhalla Drive in Finksburg, and on Aug. 21, they seized six plants from a home in the 4600 block of Bartholow Road in Sykesville. Four persons were charged after the raids, which netted $40,000 worth of marijuana.

Walker said Thursday that arrests are pending in three other recent raids in the Hampstead, Taneytown and Westminster areas.

Anyone with information about drug activity may call the drug hot line anonymously at 857-8477.

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