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Man charged with possessing more than 60 pot plants, alcohol still

April 11, 2019

A Quemahoning Township man was charged Wednesday with being caught with 61 marijuana plants, 9 pounds of dried marijuana and an alcohol still.

State police charged Perry Pluta, 31, Old Forbes Road, with the crime after searching a Stonycreek Township residence on April 3.

Police went to the Old Lincoln Highway home after receiving information about an alleged marijuana grow.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, when officers arrived at the residence, Pluta answered the door and was visibly nervous. He avoided eye contact and his hands were trembling. Police smelled marijuana in the home and saw what appeared to be a piece of a marijuana leaf sticking to his hat.

Pluta allowed police to search the property.

Inside police found the plants and dried marijuana; growing equipment; multiple baggies; marijuana seeds; a plastic garbage can full of suspected alcohol; and the still, according to the affidavit.

Pluta was charged with felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; marijuana possession; and drug paraphernalia possession.

He was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer, of Boswell, and is free on an unsecured $50,000 bond.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

His next day in Somerset County court is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 28.

An online court document lists Patrick Kenneth Nightingale, of Pittsburgh, as Pluta’s attorney.