Monday, March 4, 2013
Police: Northampton man arrested after 28 pot plants found in 'grow' house
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Tips about suspicious vehicles in a Northampton neighborhood turned out to yield quite the harvest: 28 marijuana plants, bulk-packed marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, police say.
It also led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man who lives in the three-bedroom ranch-style home in the 500 block of Sackettsford Road where police said they found a growing operation. More arrests are likely, Northampton Lt. Mike Clark said Friday.
An investigation started after the tips and police obtained a search warrant for the house. It was executed Thursday, and police said Scott Fosmire and his two roommates were there. The roommates weren’t arrested. The three have rented the home since November, police said.
Also inside the house, police said, were three growing rooms in the basement and in closets equipped with special lighting, a ventilation system and marijuana plants — some as high as 5 feet, as well as bulk-packed marijuana, which Clark described as a “substantial” amount. The landlord is not a suspect and has cooperated with police, Clark said.
Police also said they found other paraphernalia associated with marijuana throughout the house including pipes, scales, books about growing marijuana and two pictures of the late reggae musician Bob Marley, a marijuana user.
After Fosmire was taken into custody, he admitted he owned, and grew, the marijuana plants, according to a probable cause affidavit. He also admitted to selling the drug and told police he had five regular customers to whom he typically sold quarter ounces.
Fosmire also told police he usually buys about one pound of marijuana at a time in Philadelphia for about $3,000, according to the affidavit.
Fosmire was arraigned late Thursday before Penndel District Judge Daniel Baranoski on multiple counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of small amount of marijuana. He was released from Bucks County prison after posting 10 percent of $75,000 bail.
The arrest is the second in six months connected with a marijuana growing operation in the township.
In September, police said they discovered a large-scale operation in the basement of a Holland townhouse.
In that case, police arrested Michael Komar, 29, of Springwood Place, who is awaiting trial on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, firearms not to be carried without a license and related offenses.