Whitpain man receives probation for growing marijuana at his home
A Whitpain man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to growing marijuana inside his residence.
Michael Francis Pier, 51, of the 800 block of Rabbit Run Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to three years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana in connection with the November 2011 incident.
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Authorities obtained a warrant to search the residence Nov. 2, and that search uncovered a small marijuana growing operation in Pier’s bedroom closet, according to arrest documents.
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