Police see plants in Main St. window, arrest 2 Suspected marijuana grown in plain view

March 17, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Mount Airy couple was arrested Friday and charged with narcotics offenses for allegedly cultivating marijuana plants in their apartment, state police said yesterday.

Roland Stanley Becraft Jr., 35, and Theresa Anne Bakrim, 41, both of the 200 block of S. Main St., each were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and were released on unsecured bond, police said.

According to police, Cpl. Palmer Grotte, the resident state trooper whose office is across the street from the apartment, received a tip last month that marijuana plants were being cultivated in the apartment. The plants were kept on the window sill, and Grotte monitored their progress, police said.

"I just sat at my desk and watched the marijuana get bigger and bigger through my field glasses," said Grotte, whose Park Avenue office is about 50 feet from the apartment. "It was a very easy surveillance."

Troopers confiscated two plants.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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