Trial date set for man charged in pot operation

A trial date has been set for the Juneau man accused of running a marijuana grow operation in North Douglas.

On Thursday, Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez scheduled a three-day jury trial for Scott W. Eberhardt to begin March 19, 2012, according to court records. A pretrial hearing was also set for March 12 and an omnibus hearing for Jan. 30.

The 27-year-old was arrested earlier this month after a local real estate agent called the Juneau Police Department to report finding a large marijuana grow operation inside a house she was showing in the 5000 block of North Douglas Highway, prosecutors allege.

An affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp on Dec. 15 said the real estate agent told police she was in the basement and saw an area that was newly sheetrocked. She looked through a crack, saw marijuana plants and took pictures of what she saw on her phone, the document states.

JPD obtained a search warrant for the home, found and seized 181 marijuana plants, the affidavit says. Eberhardt was renting the home at the time, the affidavit says, and JPD confirmed he was living there.

Police said in an earlier release the plants had an estimated street value of $200,000. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs Taskforce (SEACAD) assisted JPD in their investigation, that release said.

Eberhardt pleaded not guilty Thursday during a continuance of his arraignment and requested a jury trial, court records show. Bail had already been set for $2,500, $1,500 of which was an unsecured appearance bond and $1,000 as a cash performance bond, his case file indicates. Eberhardt posted bail on Dec. 15 after his first court appearance, records show. His primary attorney is Julie Willoughby, records show.

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