Police find 22 marijuana plants growing in Aliquippa home.

By Terri Hill | September 4, 2018

An Aliquippa man is in jail facing drug charges after police found 22 marijuana plants growing in the man’s home on Monday.

Police say they were alerted to a possible marijuana grow operation at 1117 Irwin Street around 12:30 p.m. and when they approached the house they smelled marijuana. Police then observed the plants that were growing over a fence surrounding the home.

Tychonn McCoy Jr., 40, who police say arrived at the home while they were waiting for a search warrant, is facing charges of possession of a prohibited firearm, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After obtaining a search warrant police found 22 marijuana plants that ranged between 4 and 8 feet high, marijuana seeds, UV lights and packaging materials. A handgun was also found.

The growing patch used to grow the plants measured 45 1/2 feet long and 11 feet wide.  Police estimate the plants weighed 200 pounds.

McCoy is currently in the Beaver County Jail after being unable to post a $25,000 bond and faces a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing, according to online court records.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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