Pequea Twp. man charged in marijuana growing operation heading to trial

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PEQUEA TOWNSHIP, Pa.–A man accused of running an marijuana growing operation out of his Pequea Township home is heading to trial.

Daniel E. Austin, 66, was ordered to stand trial on drug manufacturing charges and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.

Last month, Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives found 139 marijuana plants growing at Austin’s home along Lake Aldred Terrace, prosecutors said. Investigators also seized over a pound of harvested marijuana,  jars of marijuana seeds and $18,400 in cash.

The total value of the marijuana growing operation is unknown. Prosecutors said high-grade marijuana can sell for $300-$400 per ounce.

Austin has since posted $250,000 bail.

His formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 25.