Suspected grower pleads not guilty to violating release conditions

The Juneau man who was arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana in his residence while he was out on bail pleaded not guilty to violating conditions of his release.

Scott W. Eberhardt entered his plea Thursday during his arraignment in Juneau District Court before Judge Thomas Nave.

Nave appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent Eberhardt on the new misdemeanor charge, and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July.

Prosecutors say police initially seized 181 marijuana plants from Eberhardt’s residence on North Douglas Highway in December.

But while he was out on bail, prosecutors said police again seized 61 rooted marijuana plants at Eberhardt’s new residence on Jennifer Drive in the valley.

He was slapped with four new felony drug charges, as well as the newest charge of violating conditions of release.

Police stated in an earlier release they arrested Eberhardt on April 20 after conducting a controlled delivery of oxycodone hydrochloride tablets to his house, whereupon they discovered the plants.

In connection to what prosecutors have dubbed “Marijuana Grow No. 1,” Eberhardt pleaded guilty in March to reduced misdemeanor drug misconduct.

He was supposed to be sentenced in that case Thursday in Juneau Superior Court, but the hearing was re-scheduled at the last minute. It is now slated for May 22.

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