A couple who work for Baltimore County at annual salaries that total more than $89,000 were charged yesterday with manufacturing and possessing marijuana after police reported finding 19 pounds of marijuana valued at $60,000 at their Parkton home.
Walter Patrick Kincer, 39, and Jo Anne Kincer, 34, surrendered to police at the Cockeysville precinct yesterday morning. They were charged, then released on $15,000 bail each.
Mrs. Kincer, a county employee for 11 years, heads the county's personnel records management section and is paid $47,559 per year.
Mr. Kincer, a facilities coordinator for the Department of Recreation and Parks, receives $41,641 a year. He has been a county employee since 1974.
Police searched the Kincers' home in the 1100 block of Dairy Road last Thursday evening, after a tipster told them the couple were growing large amounts of marijuana in a back yard greenhouse.
According to District Court charg
ing documents, when officers arrived at the residence, Mrs. Kincer said, "I know I should have left. I don't know why he has to do this."
Mr. Kincer was not home at the time of the search.
Officers said that Mrs. Kincer showed them where packaged marijuana was stored in the basement and kitchen freezers. Police also searched a 12-foot by 8-foot greenhouse that Mr. Kincer had built earlier this year. Inside the greenhouse, they said, they found 31 marijuana plants ranging in height from 6 to 8 feet.
Police said that during their search they confiscated plastic sandwich bags, pipes, lighters and holders for marijuana cigarettes.
They also reported seizing several publications with instructions on growing marijuana.
Richard N. Holloway, the county's director of personnel, said yesterday the couple will remain in their current jobs, but must participate in an employee drug-treatment program. Their status will be re-evaluated after they complete the program, he said.