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Deputies seize 81 marijuana plants

Deputies Hannah Haas and James Albritton inspect some of the 81 marijuana plants they seized March 11. Photo by Lt. Gail Russell, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies Hannah Haas and James Albritton inspect some of the 81 marijuana plants they seized March 11. Photo by Lt. Gail Russell, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.


DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Bradford deputies arrested a northside man March 11 after they found dozens of marijuana plants on his property.

Paul Arthur Smith, 64, was charged with  producing marijuana and possession of drug equipment. At press time,  he remained in the Bradford County jail on a $16,000 bond.

The charges against Smith are not proven and he is presumed innocent until adjudicated guilty by a court.

According to a sheriff’s office report, a dispatcher sent deputies Hannah Haas and James Albritton to an area about one-half mile north of the intersection of Northwest S.R. 16 and Northwest C.R. 233 (Morgan Road). There, an informant told them about the plants.

Smith

Smith

Haas wrote in a report that when the pair of deputies asked Smith about the plants, he admitted to their presence and then led the deputies on a tour of the property, showing them his crop.

Haas wrote that 41 plants were inside a rabbit hutch, and 34 more were in a shed. She added that deputies also found insect repellent, timers, heaters, lamps, exhaust fans, an air conditioning unit, fertilizer and marijuana seeds and stems.

Haas also wrote that Smith claimed the plants belonged to him and that he was raising them for his own personal use.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the suspect first led deputies to a rabbit hutch which contained 47 plants.  Photo by Lt. George Konkel, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the suspect first led deputies to a rabbit hutch which contained 47 plants. Photo by Lt. George Konkel, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

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