After crash led to discovery of marijuana, Howard man indicted

Emergency personnel found plants after accident, which killed driver

February 04, 2011|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

When a car exploded and caught on fire after crashing into Richard Marriott's Ellicott City home in December, emergency personnel checking on structural damage to the residence discovered 19 large marijuana plants growing inside.

Marriott, 44, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday after being charged by police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug production equipment.

The accident, in the 5100 block of Montgomery Road, occurred about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when Bryan Bolster lost control of the BMW he was driving and crashed into Marriott's home. The 20-year old Bolster, who lived on Landing Road in Ellicott City, died at the scene.

After emergency personnel found the plants, as well as hydroponic and lighting equipment used for what police determined was a "marijuana growing operation," a search warrant was obtained. Officers also found some smaller plants.

Marriott had been held briefly before posting $15,000 bond, according to court records.

Police said that Marriott divided the home into four sections containing plants in different stages of growth. A five-gallon bucket filled with marijuana buds and seeds was found in Marriott's bedroom along with a digital scale.

Marriott's mother told a reporter at the time of the accident that her son's car was destroyed in the fire after the car driven by Bolster cleared a 4-foot-high wall before crashing into the home.

"When they built that development and widened the turn lane, it's like a straight beeline to his door," said Mary Marriott, who lives on the same block as her son.

Police determined that Bolster was speeding.

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