Couple sentenced on marijuana charge husband goes to jail

January 11, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

A Pleasant Valley couple was sentenced yesterday for growing marijuana, but only one of the two will spend time in jail.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold handed down a three-year jail sentence, then suspended all but seven months of the term he imposed on Robert Leander Wantz, who began yesterday serving that time in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Judge Arnold suspended the three-year term he imposed on Patricia Ann Wantz, Robert Wantz's wife, and placed both defendants on supervised probation for five years.

The Wantzes pleaded guilty Nov. 10 before Judge Arnold for manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.

Those charges were amended from the original charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The Wantzes were arrested in the summer of 1992 after the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force raided their home and workshop in the 1300 block of Pleasant Valley Road.

Task force officers seized six full-grown marijuana plants, several grocery bags containing small plastic bags of dried marijuana, indoor growing lights; and logs charting the plants' growth.

The criminal case was temporarily derailed when Carroll Assistant Public Defender Samuel Truette persuaded Judge Arnold to throw the raiders' search warrant out of court. Judge Arnold had issued the warrant.

But the Court of Special Appeals ruled in April that Judge Arnold was right to issue the warrant and wrong to throw it out later.

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