Police: Mother and son grew pot in West York home

Mary Smith and Randy Modzel

WEST YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A West York woman and her son are facing charges after police said both claimed responsibility for a large marijuana growing operation.

Police said they seized 22 marijuana plants, from saplings to 5-foot-tall plants, from the rental home of 66-year-old Mary Smith and 31-year-old Randy Modzel after executing a search warrant Tuesday afternoon.west_york_marijuana2_02252015

A bedroom, a closet and the basement were all being used to grow marijuana at 204 North Sumner Street, police said in a news release.

Authorities also seized more than 200 items related to the growing, cultivating and distributing of marijuana including a grow tent, fans and drying tents, electronic and digital scales, plant holders, fertilizer, grow lamps and air purifiers.

Modzel admitted to officers that he grew the marijuana for himself and would also sell to others since he has no job, police said.

He was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to distribute and four misdemeanor charges that include a violation under the Pennsylvania Drug Free School Zone Law. Police said the home is within 1,000 feet of the West York Area high school and middle school.

His bail at York County Prison was set at $50,000.

Smith was to be charged later this week via summons.

Photos courtesy of West York Borough Police Department


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