Eight marijuana plants found on Bethel property |

Eight marijuana plants found on Bethel property

BETHEL — Acting on an anonymous tip made to Kittanning police, the Armstrong County Narcotics Enforcement Team and state police arrested an Armstrong County man on drug charges yesterday.

John Kaczor, 39, of Ford City RD3 was charged with for manufacture, possession, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

County Detective Paul Rearick, coordinator of the narcotics team, said Kittanning police Chief Edward Cassesse, also a member of the team, received a tip Monday that Kaczor was growing and selling marijuana.

Rearick and Cassesse went to the area to conduct surveillance and observed Kaczor checking on several suspected marijuana plants growing near a wooded area on his property.

Police arrived at Kaczor’s residence on Alternate Route 66 early Thursday and uprooted seven, five-foot high plants growing near his home. Later, police found another plant growing in front of a berry bush in the back yard.

Kaczor arrived home from work at 4:50 p.m. and was arrested by police. Kaczor told police that one additional plant and several ounces of marijuana were in the basement of his house.

Armstrong County Sheriff Deputy Earl “Bud” Floyd arrived minutes later with the department’s drug detecting dog, Galahad. After a search of the house, Galahad found an additional stash of marijuana hidden in a large sealed PVC pipe. Armstrong County Sheriff Larry Crawford estimated that three to four pounds of marijuana were recovered from the pipe.

Rearick said Kaczor was charged with a separate count of manufacture of marijuana for each plant recovered. Kaczor was arraigned before District Justice J. Gary DeComo and committed to the Armstrong County Jail.

A co-owner of the house, Marsha Hirst, was visiting out of state at the time of Kaczor’s arrest. Rearick said she is unlikely to face any charges related to the incident.

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