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SEACAD arrests suspected grower

Scott W. Eberhardt charged for possessing marijuana - again

Posted: April 23, 2012 - 3:06am

A statewide drug task force arrested a Juneau man — who is currently out on bail after police seized 181 pot plants from his residence last year — after finding 61 pot plants inside his new residence.

The leafy discovery and subsequent arrest was made on April 20.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation said in a dispatch that Scott W. Eberhardt, 28, was charged with one count of second-degree drug misconduct and three counts of fourth-degree drug misconduct.

According to the dispatch, officials at a post office intercepted a package addressed to Eberhardt and destined for his residence on Jennifer Drive in the valley.

An investigation revealed the package contained multiple Roxicodone tablets, which are painkillers.

The Bureau of Investigation’s Southeast Alaska Cities against Drugs (SEACAD) task force and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office obtained and executed a search warrant on April 20.

During the course of the search at his residence, authorities found a marijuana grow operation consisting of 61 marijuana plants, the dispatch states.

Eberhardt was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and was scheduled to be arraigned over the weekend. No other details about the charges or arrest were immediately available.

Eberhardt is currently out on $2,500 bail in a similar case.

On Dec. 14, a local real estate agent was showing Eberhardt’s North Douglas Highway home to prospective renters and found a large marijuana grow operation behind a newly sheetrocked area in his basement.

That discovery led police to seize 181 plants, which the Juneau Police Department said had a street value of about $200,000.

Eberhardt was charged with fourth-degree drug misconduct for knowingly possessing more than 25 cannabis plants, a felony.

He agreed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge just last month, and was scheduled to be sentenced next month in Juneau Superior Court.

Earlier court records showed that Eberhardt posted bail on Dec. 15, two days after his initial arrest, and that he was currently living on Jennifer Drive.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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