On Friday, members of the New Castle County Drug Control Squad obtained a search warrant for a home in the unit block of Gill Drive in Robscott Manor, Newark, after receiving numerous citizen tips.
Officers made contact with both occupants, Jerry Carletti, 34 and Abbie Deardorff, 28.
Detectives smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from the residence. A short time later, they located a marijuana grow operation in the basement of the home. Police found seedling mats, a lighting system, a water filtration system, potting and plant feed materials, documentation of the cultivation of marijuana, hand-written logs and calendars relating to the cultivation of marijuana, and ventilation systems leading from the basement out of the residence. The remnants of several dried up plants were also located in containers in the basement.
Detectives then discovered marijuana in the kitchen of the home, along with two bags of marijuana that were found in the freezer. Packaging materials, a grinder and other drug paraphernalia were located in the garage. Additionally, police discovered a crawl space in the master bedroom that had a large safe inside containing several prepackaged bags of marijuana, a .22 caliber rifle and a large amount of suspected drug money.
Corporal Edwin Mousley and his canine partner “Quattro” conducted a money sniff which yielded a positive indication for the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. The detectives then seized $2,933 of suspected drug money.
Carletti and Deardorff were charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, conspiracy in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Both were arraigned, issued a $13,200 unsecured bond and were released.