Pot Growing Enterprise Across from Arundel High Shut Down by Police
A marijuana-growing homeowner was nabbed by Anne Arundel County Police on Friday. Spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that earlier in July, county police had received several calls that a Gambrills homeowner/resident was growing pot plants in his back yard.
After obtaining a search warrant, police allegedly found 46 mature pot plants growing in a fenced portion of the yard, located in the 500 block of Watts Avenue in Gambrills. They also recovered cash and weapons.
Watts Avenue is off Annapolis Road, across the street from the entrance to Arundel High School. Police notified colleagues in the AACPD School Safety
Section. School is not currently in session at Arundel High, but since the operation was conducted within 1,000 feet of a school, additional charges were added.
The homeowner/resident, Charles Vincent Dominick, 53, was arrested. He posted $25,000 bond and was released from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. He faces numerous charges in connection with the enterprise, including:
- possession of marijuana
- possession with intent to distribute marijuana
- manufacturing marijuana
- possession of a gun in a drug trafficking crime (two counts)
- possession with intent to distribute marijuana in a school zone
- manufacturing marijuana in a school zone and
- possession of paraphernalia (two counts)
Police said that each of the 46 plants was approximately five to six feet with an approximate street value of $50,000.
Police said that detectives also seized 24 firearms, only 10 of which were registered. The weapons that were seized included:
- 11 handguns
- five shotguns
- eight rifles, including an AK-47 assault rifle
Mulcahy said that police also found numerous ammunition magazines plus shotgun, rifle and pistol ammunition. Police also recovered a marijuana growing book and a Tupperware container containing marijuana seeds.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will follow-up to determine the legality of the unregistered weapons that were found.