Brookville Man Jailed for Growing Weed in Bathroom

crime-newsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man who was being served an arrest warrant by authorities now faces felony charges for growing marijuana in his bathroom.

According to a criminal complaint, on October 23, Sergeant Bartley, Deputy Humes, Deputy Pisarcik, and Deputy McCoy, of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, were attempting to serve a valid arrest warrant from Magistrate Bazylak’s Office for 32-year-old Joshua Martin Smith, of Brookville, at the believed residence of 106 Martins Lane, in Brookville, Knox Township, Jefferson County.

The complaint states that upon arriving at the residence, Sgt. Bartley made contact with Smith in the driveway of the above described location. He was informed of the arrest warrant. He was compliant and requested to go inside the residence to change clothes due to not wearing a shirt. The sheriff’s deputies entered the residence with Smith.

The complaint indicates that once inside the residence, Deputy Humes allegedly observed one multi-colored metal cylinder. (Through training and experience, Deputy Humes knows that the cylinder is used as a grinder for marijuana.) Deputy Humes observed the grinder in plain view located on the chair in the living room area.

Deputy Humes opened the grinder and observed a strong odor of marijuana residue located inside the cylinder grinder. He asked Smith for permission to search the residence. Smith allegedly verbally agreed and also provided one written statement providing permission to search the residence, the complaint continues.

When questioned, Smith informed Deputy Humes that he had a marijuana smoking pipe and went into the bathroom area and obtained one multi colored glass smoking pipe. While inside the bathroom area, Deputy Humes observed what appeared to be several marijuana grow plants. Smith informed Deputy Humes there were two marijuana plants growing inside the bathroom, the complaint states.

One heat lamp was also observed and two more marijuana smoking pipes with residue were found in the residence and one clear plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana, the complaint continues.

Smith was transported to Magistrate Bazylak’s office for the arrest warrant and was placed in the Jefferson County Jail.

Smith was informed that criminal charges would be filed, according to the complaint.

Sgt. Bartley logged the two marijuana grow plants, three marijuana smoking pipes, and one cylinder grinder into evidence. He also obtained photographs of the marijuana grow plants inside the bathroom area, the complaint states.

A criminal complaint was filed on October 27 with Judge Bazylak’s office.

Smith was arraigned at 11:30 on October 30.

He faces the following charges:

two counts of Manufacture, delivery, or possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
four counts of Use, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
one count Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, he remains in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on November 19.

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