Raid nets marijuana, weapons

March 29, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

A joint investigation by several police agencies led to an early-morning raid yesterday at a Southwest Baltimore rowhouse in which authorities said they seized 36 marijuana plants with a street value of about $100,000, a cache of guns and $11,000.

Baltimore police, along with authorities from Baltimore County police and the state police participated in the probe.

Roy Dean McMillan, 36, owner of the home in the 3100 block of Wilkens Ave., was arrested, police said. McMillan - who court records show was convicted in 1999 of marijuana possession - has been charged with various drug and weapons offenses.

Police served a search-and-seizure warrant at 5:45 a.m. yesterday. In a second-floor room, police said, they found covered windows, lighting equipment, fans and marijuana plants in various stages of growth - some over 7 feet tall.

They said they also found instruction books and magazines on how to grow marijuana. The 21 guns found in the home included 10 handguns and 11 long guns, including rifles and shotguns. Ammunition also was seized.

Police said yesterday's raid grew out of a series of criminal investigations but declined to specify how they were led to the Southwest Baltimore home.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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