Reporting Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A south-central Pennsylvania man remains behind bars and will stand trial in Montgomery County, accused of operating a large-scale marijuana growing operation at a former country club.
Charlie Patterson is facing several counts of possession with intent to deliver and other drug charges for allegedly running a marijuana growing operation on the grounds of the former Cedarbrook Hill Country Club in Cheltenham.
Police began the investigation in June, but say the 48-year-old Adams County man may have been there for three years.
Prosecutor Jason Whalley says police seized paraphernalia from the area.
“They got 260 total plants in various stages of growth, anything from small to big plants ranging over six feet high, various tools, a large scale irrigations system.”
Police say the brush at the club is overgrown, making it easy for Patterson to hide his operation. They set up a motion-activated camera that caught Patterson working the site. Police say he traveled back and forth from his home in Gardners and believed he was growing the pot to sell it.
Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060