Lancaster man accused of growing 20 pot plants in home

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 11, 2013 

— A Lancaster man on Tuesday was charged with growing 20 marijuana plants worth more than $20,000 in his home.

Investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s drug task force went to William Matthew Hillard’s home at 889 Greenbriar Drive, off S.C. 903, after receiving word that he was growing pot inside his house, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Authorities could smell marijuana coming from inside the house, the release states. Police obtained a search warrant and seized 20 marijuana plants from the home along with pot that had already been harvested, the release states.

Marijuana plants that are harvested are cut before they can be dried and rolled into marijuana that can be packaged or smoked, said Maj. Matt Shaw of the sheriff’s office.

The marijuana in Hillard’s home had been cut and was drying, Shaw said. The pot is worth $25,000.

Shaw said he was unsure if Hillard had ever sold pot from his home. Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that Hillard has no criminal history in the state.

Deputies also seized various marijuana growing tools, including black trash bags, grow lights and a water filtration system, Shaw said.

In July, Lancaster County deputies seized 43 pot plants from Paul Brumley, who lived at 948 Suttle Road. They also confiscated several prescription pills, as well as fluorescent lights, marijuana seeds and potting soil.

A year ago, deputies found the most marijuana plants they confiscated in recent memory, Shaw said, when they found 60 marijuana plants growing in a man’s Possum Hollow Road home. The total value of the plants was $100,000.

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