Annapolis raid stops marijuana growing operation

October 11, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police dismantled what they called a "sophisticated growing operation" on a quiet suburban street late Thursday, seizing fans, ventilators, growing lights and more than $13,000 worth of marijuana.

It was the city's largest marijuana bust in at least a dozen years, spokeswoman Lt. Zora Lykken said. Police said they believe the operation could have grossed as much as $200,000 annually.

During a news conference yesterday, police displayed about two dozen bags of marijuana, bongs, several pipes, copies of High Times magazine and three guns with ammunition seized during the raid on a house in the 1000 block of Hyde Park Drive.

"We're seeing in the county an increase in marijuana usage, but I don't think anybody had developed a lab like this guy was doing," said police Chief Joseph S. Johnson. "These labs can really put a lot of marijuana on the street and of course that's the drug of choice for teen-agers and high schoolers."

Police said they got a tip Wednesday that a large amount of drugs was in the house at the city's southeastern edge and that the drugs could be moved out quickly. Sgt. Alan Marshall, who heads the vice and narcotics unit got a search warrant and raided the house with about a dozen officers and detectives shortly after 7 p.m.

In the 20-by-30 basement, they found 60 cut plants about three feet long drying on a laundry line, police said. Mason jars filled with dried plant buds and a makeshift greenhouse contained smaller, 6-inch plants.

Police filled a long rental truck with nine pounds of the drug and other items found in the house.

The detectives also seized a .25-caliber Beretta handgun, .40-caliber Ruger handgun, and a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, $1,000 and a 1993 Honda Accord. Stacy Edward Markland, 25, of the address that was raided was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, drug manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of firearms in relation to drug trafficking and maintaining a common nuisance. He was being held in the county detention center in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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