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April 2, 2014

Man accused of growing marijuana

NEW CASTLE — An Indiana County man is wanted for allegedly growing marijuana in a North Beaver Township home.

State police in Butler filed charges Monday against Mitchell Anthony Strong, 27, of Clymer, Pa., who they say had been living in a house on New Road in New Galilee for about two years.

The woman who owns the house reported to police Sept. 14 that she had entered the house after her son had died and she heard fans running in a bedroom. She said her son had been living there with Strong and that was his room.

She said she could smell marijuana and saw fans, grow lights and marijuana plants in the closet. In addition, a black grow tent with marijuana plants hanging to dry was in the master bathroom.

Troopers obtained a search warrant and confiscated the tent, 23 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, four fans, a grow light with a hood, a 600-watt ballast, various plant nutrients, a plastic bag containing marijuana seeds, 16 smoking pipes, growing containers and other items used in growing.

Strong told police at the time that he did not have a source of income and had been growing the marijuana for income.

Police said the 23 plant samples tested positive as marijuana.

He is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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