Pot-Growing Parents Sentenced After Son Calls Police

Francis Medvedik, 49, and Caren Shanfield, 45, were arrested on May 9 after their son called police and reported the drugs in the home.

By Lauren DiSanto and David Chang
|  Saturday, Jan 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:28 PM EDT
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Pot-Growing Parents Sentenced After Son Calls Police

Doylestown Township Police Department

Francis Joseph Medvedik, 49, and Caren Shanfield, 45, were arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

A Doylestown couple accused of having a marijuana growing operation inside their home was sentenced on Saturday.

Francis Medvedik, 49, and Caren Shanfield, 45, were arrested on May 9 after their son called police and reported the drugs in the home.

Court documents say the 15-year-old boy led police into the basement of the family home on the 2000 block of Par Drive in Doylestown Township, where they found a room with several marijuana plants.

After getting a search warrant, officers say they found 18 marijuana plants, grow lights, fans, plants, timers and electrical cords from the room.

Investigators say five juveniles, ranging from 10 to 17 years old, lived inside the house and knew about the marijuana being grown there.

The couple was accused of manufacturing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Medvedik's attorney claimed the marijuana was for personal use only and that the children were never in harm's way. Shanfield's lawyer, Louis Busico, claimed his client never committed a crime in the first place. Both pleaded guilty to drug possession and child endangerment last November.

On Saturday, Medvedik was sentenced to four to 23 months in prison. Shanfeld was sentenced to two years of probation, with 40 hours of community service.
 

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