Whit­pain man re­ceives pro­ba­tion for grow­ing marijuana at his home

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Carl Hessler Jr.

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.

$V D FRnGLWLRn RI WKH VHnWHnFH, -uGgH Thomas C. Branca also or­dered Pier to IRrIHLW WwR rLflHV, wKLFK DuWKRrLWLHV VHL]HG from his home dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, to county de­tec­tives.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan af­ter “a conFHrnHG FLWL]Hn” nRWL­fiHG SRlLFH Ln 2FWREHr 2011 that Pier had marijuana grow­ing in­VLGH KLV rHVLGHnFH DnG DlVR KDG firHDrPV inside the res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to the ar- rHVW DI­fiGDYLW filHG Ey :KLWSDLn DHWHFWLYH Brad Pot­ter.

2n 1RY. 2, 2011, “D FRnFHrnHG FLWLzen” com­plained to po­lice that Pier had been mak­ing alarm­ing com­ments on­line.

“Pier is telling peo­ple that he is go­ing to put them six feet un­der and has guns and am­mu­ni­tion,” al­leged Pot­ter, adding Pier also posted on the In­ter­net that he “has EHHn GRLng GrugV Dll PRrnLng DnG LV DI­filLated with mo­tor­cy­cle gangs.”

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.

Also seized were nu­mer­ous smok­ing pipes, a small pill bot­tle con­tain­ing sus­pected marijuana, var­i­ous prod­ucts used WR grRw PDrLMuDnD, WwR .22-FDlLEHr rLflHV, am­mu­ni­tion and doc­u­ments and ledgers re­lated to grow­ing marijuana, ac­cord­ing WR WKH Dr­rHVW DI­fiGDYLW.

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