Drug Case Heard In Court
A Union Township man currently being held on a detainer by the state of Maryland on drug-related charges appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday on accusations he was growing numerous marijuana plants at his home.
Fifty-year-old Alan Randolph Large told Judge Jeremiah Zook the 23 “pot” plants found adjacent to the old Harmonia schoolhouse/ church by Pennsylvania State Police helicopter on September 10, 2013, were grown solely for his own medicinal purposes. Large said the plants have been useful in helping his “mental and physical” ailments that range from diabetes and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia.
He added he was aware he was “breaking the law” and asked the court to consider his health problems and disability in sentencing proceedings.
Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall noted the growth stage of the plants varied in height, with the largest being “chest high.” An affidavit of probable cause in the case said the plants were in “plain view of the property” located at 138 Stahle Road and were grown in the ground and in black plastic pots.
Large was charged with one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. In accordance with drug trafficking sentencing and penalties, if convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance, an individual can be sentenced to a three-year minimum mandatory sentence for having between 21 and 51 live plants.
Large, however, waived formal arraignment on March 25 and opted to enter a plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to complete up to 12 months in the Franklin County Jail and was granted credit for time served since February 4. He will be paroled at the completion of the minimum sentence and will then be required to answer to “similar” drug charges in the state of Maryland.