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New Eagle man accused of growing marijuana plants

Chris Buckley / The Valley Independent - Monongahela police Officer Ryan Waggoner checks out the marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia recovered after serving an arrest warrant Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, on Anthony Jerry Pieczynski, 21, of 163 First Ave., New Eagle.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chris Buckley / The Valley Independent</em></div>Monongahela police Officer Ryan Waggoner checks out the marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia recovered after serving an arrest warrant Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, on Anthony Jerry Pieczynski, 21, of 163 First Ave., New Eagle.
Jim Ference | Trib Total Media - Anthony Pieczynski of New Eagle is escorted out of Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson's office in Monongahela by Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest and Constable Jim Smith on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Anthony Pieczynski of New Eagle is escorted out of Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson's office in Monongahela by Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest and Constable Jim Smith on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A New Eagle man is accused of growing marijuana plants in the basement of his home to “use at a later date.”

Anthony Jerry Pieczynski, 21, of 163 First Ave., was charged Monday with manufacture of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 straight cash bond.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Monongahela police officers Ryan Waggoner. William Fusco and Kevin Harris and Chief Brian Tempest along with Carroll Township police Chief Paul Brand served a warrant at Pieczynski's home 9:30 a.m. Monday.

In a makeshift bedroom – located in the basement of the home – police allegedly found 10 suspected marijuana plants. The plants were either potted in dirt or in smaller cups with grow lights and fertilizer, according to the affidavit.

Police also said they found a digital scale, additional growing containers and a film container with seeds and glass smoking devices were discovered.

According to the affidavit, Pieczynski told police he was the owner of the marijuana plants and that he was growing them to cultivate and “use at a later date.”

Police said among the items found in the suspect's home was a calendar marked with days to harvest the plants.

A field test was conducted on the plants, which tested positive for marijuana.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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