2 charged in drug raid at Union Bridge house

October 25, 2001

Two Union Bridge residents were arrested on multiple drug charges yesterday, after a raid on their home turned up pounds of fresh marijuana and a heated growing room hidden behind a sheet of drywall, said state police at Westminster.

Jessica Rae Shettle, 23, and Richard Maxwell Shettle, 23, both of the first block of N. Benedum St., each were released on $5,000 unsecured bond by a District Court commissioner on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia.

Police raided the home Tuesday night, and according to charging documents, seized items including: 5 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana, in 1-pound packages in a cooler in a shed; 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana hidden in the attic of the house; smoking devices with residue; two small bags of marijuana in the kitchen; a large trash bag full of plant stems and leaves in the shed; two scales; a 1-pound bag of marijuana in the shed; and $2,000 cash, a small amount of marijuana, a 9 mm handgun and ammunition from a safe in a home office.

A room in the basement was hidden by drywall, according to the charging documents. Inside, a dryer vent had been redirected for heat and police found sunlamps, pots, soil and fertilizer.

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