Man Charged With Growing Marijuana On State Game Lands
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION OFFICERS with the Pennsylvania Game Commission recently seized 170 marijuana plants from State Game Lands 187 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County.

 

A  Wilkes-Barre  man  faces  charges  for

 allegedly  growing  170  marijuana  plants  on  state  game  lands  in  Luzerne  County.                                                                     

The  Pennsylvania  Game  Commission,  in  conjunction  with  the

 state  Office  of  Attorney  General,  filed  charges  in  the  case.

Thomas  Dalton,  47,  of  Airy  Street,  is  charged  with  one  felony  count

 of  manufacture  of  a  controlled  substance,  one  felony  count  of  possession  with  the  intent  to  deliver  a

 controlled  substance,  and  one  misdemeanor  count  of  possession  of  a

 controlled  substance.

Dalton  also  is  charged  with  violating  the  Game  and  Wildlife  Code  by  unlawfully  traveling  by  motorized

 vehicle  on  state  game  lands,  possessing  a  controlled  substance

 or  drug  paraphernalia,  using  game  lands  for  commercial  purpose,

 and  additional  violations. Charges  were  filed  at  the  office  of   Magisterial  District  Judge  Gerald  Feissner,  of  Freeland.   

The  charges  stem  from  an

 investigation  by  Wildlife  Conservation  Officer  David  Allen,  of  the  Pennsylvania  Game  Commission.

 Allen  was  patrolling  State  Game  Lands  187  in  Dennison  Township

 on  the  afternoon  of  Sept.  6,  when  he  observed  Dalton  operating  a

 vehicle  along  a  remote  section  of  utility  line  that  traverses  the  game  lands.  A  search  of  the  vehicle  driven  by

 Dalton  revealed  a  125-gallon  plastic  water  tank,  an  electric  water  pump

 and  other  items  consistent  with  the  cultivation  of  marijuana.

Allen  subsequently  discovered  vehicle  tracks  entering  the  woods  perpendicular

 to  the  power  line  and  followed  the  tracks  to  an  open  area,  where

 he  discovered  170  mature  marijuana  plants  growing  at  the  site.

Field  tests  on  the  plants  were  positive  for  THC,  a  chemical  compound

 found  in  marijuana. Dalton  allegedly  told  Allen  and  agents

 with  the  Attorney  General’s  office  that  he  planted  the  marijuana  at

 the  game  lands  location  earlier  this  year. 

Wildlife  conservation  officers  from  the  Game  Commission’s  Northeast

 Region  were  assisted  in  the  investigation  by  narcotics  agents  from

 the  state  Office  of  Attorney  General,  the  Pennsylvania  State  Police,

 and  members  of  the  Luzerne  County  Drug  Task  Force.

 “Our  conservation  officers  are  extremely  active  in  patrolling  state

 game  lands  to  detect  criminal  activity  and  any  abuse  of  our  natural  resources,”  commented  Game

 Commission  Northeast  Regional  Director  Daniel  Figured.  “

The  agency  intends  to  prosecute  individuals  who  commit  these  types  of

 crimes  to  the  fullest  extent  of  the  law.”