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Police say Saxonburg man grew marijuana in his yard

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Saxonburg police on Tuesday accused a borough man of growing marijuana at his High Street home.

Patrolman Kevin Stiles wrote in a criminal complaint that someone visiting the neighborhood on Saturday noticed two 3-foot, potted marijuana plants growing in the yard at 355 High St.

The homeowner, Frank Douglas Christy, 51, was forthcoming about the plants on his property: “Yep, it is what you think it is,” Christy told police, according to Stiles.

In addition to the plants, police also seized four sandwich bags of marijuana, 10 prescription bottles with missing or handwritten labels, several pipes, the butts of alleged marijuana cigarettes (called roaches) and other alleged drug paraphernalia found in the home's living room and bedrooms, according to a press release from police Chief Joseph Beachem.

Police also seized a shotgun and pellet gun, Beachem said.

Christy was charged with one count each of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned on Tuesday before Chicora District Judge Lewis E. Stoughton and released.

Christy tentatively faces a preliminary hearing before Stoughton on Tuesday.

Police said Christy was very cooperative and insisted his wife, who was not charged, was not involved in growing or using the marijuana.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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