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Pot plants seized in New Kensington raid

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
State and New Kensington police confiscate alleged marijuana plants and growing equipment outside a home on 240 Ferledge Drive in New Kensington on Tuesday night, Oct. 1, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
State and New Kensington police confiscate alleged marijuana plants and growing equipment outside a home on 240 Ferledge Drive in New Kensington on Tuesday night Oct. 1, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
A state police officer holds a suspected marijuana plant as state and New Kensington police confiscate plants and alleged growing equipment outside a home on 240 Ferledge Drive in New Kensington on Tuesday night Oct. 1, 2013.

State and New Kensington police removed about 18 suspected marijuana plants from a Fernledge Drive home on Tuesday night.

Trooper Jeff Brautigam said police received a tip that someone was growing marijuana at 240 Fernledge Drive, a quiet residential street overlooking Tarentum Bridge Road and the Allegheny River.

Brautigam said police went to investigate on Tuesday and could smell suspected marijuana as they knocked on the door.

After getting a search warrant, police went inside and found two alleged “grow rooms” in the basement with marijuana plants of varying sizes, processed marijuana buds and assorted growing equipment, Brautigam said.

Brautigam said they also found three marijuana plants growing outside behind the house.

Police piled the plants and growing equipment in the home's darkened driveway about 10 p.m. Tuesday before hauling it away.

Because of the number of plants and scales found, Brautigam said police believe the alleged marijuana was being grown and processed for sale, not just personal use.

No one was charged Tuesday evening and the suspect's name was not immediately available. No one at the home could be reached for comment late Tuesday.

In addition to drug-related charges, Brautigam said the suspect also likely will face a child-endangerment charge because a young child was inside the home.

Troopers from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigations based at the Kiski Valley station in Washington Township participated in Tuesday's search, as did New Kensington Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe.

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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