State trooper charged in marijuana case

CRIME WATCH

July 11, 2008|By ARIN GENCER

A Maryland state trooper is facing drug charges after a police search of his Frederick County home revealed a marijuana plant and paraphernalia, according to the state police.

Tfc. Steven W. Spoonire, 36, was charged Wednesday with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Spoonire was suspended without pay after he was arrested, police said. He has been a state police trooper for 16 years, and was assigned to road patrol duties at the Westminster barracks, police said.

An internal affairs investigation will be conducted, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said yesterday.

"There was no indication this was any kind of operation," Shipley said. "But it is not something that, as a member of the Maryland State Police, is going to be tolerated."

The investigation - which involved the Frederick County Drug Task Force, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the state police - began Tuesday, when the task force received information indicating that marijuana might be growing outside the trooper's single-family home, police said.

Authorities searched Spoonire's home, where he lives with his wife and two children, the next evening, police said, and found "a cultivated suspected marijuana plant about 2 feet tall" growing near the back door.

They also discovered drug paraphernalia and "suspected marijuana seeds" inside, police said.

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