Troopers with the Delaware State Police have arrested a Hartly man after they say marijuana plants were found in his home.
The arrest took place at approximately 8 p.m. Feb. 10, in the 100 block of Lockwood Chapel Road after troopers had gone to the home to serve a protection from abuse order on 57-year-old James W. Evans, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The troopers also were aware Evans had an outstanding bench warrant on file from the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, Fournier said.
Once troopers arrived, they were allowed inside and took Evans into custody while he was walking out of a bedroom. While making contact with Evans, troopers spotted what appeared to be an illegal marijuana growing operation inside his bedroom closet.
A further examination revealed 19 marijuana plants with a total weight of 7.5 grams along with several bags, jars, and pill bottles with marijuana seeds totaling more than 35 grams, Fournier said.
Evans was taken to Troop 3 and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover, and jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $5,200 secured bond.