Township Couple Charged With Growing Pot After Son Calls 9-11
Caren Shanfeld and Francis Joseph Medvedik were arraigned Tuesday on charges ranging from manufacturing a controlled substance to endangering the welfare of a child.
A Doylestown Township couple were growing pot in their basement until one of the man's children called 9-11 to report them to police.
Francis J. Medvedik, 49, and Caren Shanfeld, 45, appeared before District Justice Mark Douple on Tuesday. They were charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Doylestown Township Police Chief Dean Logan said Wednesday that the incident happened earlier this month. Police aren't sure how long the couple had been growing marijuana.
"At this point, we have no idea," Logan said Wednesday.
Township police were called to the 2000 block of Par Drive, Doylestown Township on May 9 by a teenager who lived in the home, police said.
After the boy let the police officers into the home, they discovered marijuana plants and growing equipment, according to a police report released Wednesday. The officers secured the residence and obtained a warrant before searching any further, the report said.
Investigators then recovered 18 marijuana plants, grow lights, fans, timers and electrical cords from the basement room designed to grow the marijuana, according to the police report.
In the master bedroom, police officers said they found more marijuana, packaging equipment and cash.
According to police, five children ranging from 10 to 17 years old lived in the home and had access to or knowledge of the marijuana being grown there.
Medvedik and Shanfeld were arraigned before Douple on Tuesday. They were released on $100,000 unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing date has been set for June 8, 2012.