By Kim Glovas


ERIAL, N.J. (CBS) — A Camden County man has been arrested after police discovered what they say was a marijuana-growing operation in his home, and some high-powered guns.

Gloucester Township police responded yesterday to Timber Creek High School  after a staff member heard 55-year-old Michael Shaffer say he had an assault rifle in the trunk of his car. Shaffer had been at the school, meeting with school administration.

A school security officer asked for police back up at the school.  Township police then went to Shaffer’s home, on Jarvis Road, to follow up on the investigation.

With a search warrant in hand, police discovered several guns, including one similar to an AK-47 assault rifle, and a large-capacity ammunition magazine for the rifle.

Police say they also found a large amount of high-grade marinjuana in trash bags and mason jars, and $12,000 in cash.

Shaffer was being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility in lieu of $110,000 cash bail.  He faces charges of harassment, possession of an assault weapon, distribution of a controlled substance, and related crimes.



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