Police find marijuana plants in Southampton Township home

August 1, 2018

An anonymous complaint led state police to a marijuana operation in Southampton Township.

State police went to John Robert Lancaster’s residence along Bingo Farm Road Friday. The complainant told police that Lancaster had marijuana plants growing in his basement. The witness told police that he had a grow room and a flowering room with an estimated 10 to 40 marijuana plants about 3 to 4 feet tall.

Police obtained a search warrant, and Lancaster returned to his home. Police noticed a marijuana pipe in his vehicle. He denied consent to search the residence.

Police executed the warrant and found 16 potted plants, loose buds throughout the house, two bongs, a “one-hitter,” which is a small pipe with a narrow bowl for a single inhalation, a digital scale, a light unit and 600-watt light bulbs. A field test displayed a positive reading for marijuana.

Lancaster, 61, was arraigned Monday before District Judge Sandra L. Stevanus on manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and use/possession of drug paraphernalia charges. He is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 9 before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell in Meyersdale.

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