Preliminary Hearing for Couple Accused of Growing Pot

The couple was busted after police say their 15-year-old son led officers to the marijuana inside the home

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Friday, Jul 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:02 AM EDT
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Prelim for Couple Accused of Growing Pot

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.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday morning for a Doylestown couple accused of having a marijuana growing operation inside their home.

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 he 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 is facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Medvedik's attorney claims the marijuana was for personal use only and that the children were never in harm's way. Shanfield's lawyer, Louis Busico, claims his client never committed a crime in the first place.
 

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