WOODSTOCK – Strasburg police accused a Maryland man of growing marijuana in a town apartment in mid-December.
Samuel Christian Treftz appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where he stood charged with selling or distributing marijuana and a first offense of keeping a premises deemed a nuisance.
Judge Amy Tisinger granted Treftz’ request to modify his bond conditions to allow him to leave the state for work only. A magistrate had granted Treftz’ release on a $1,000 secured bond following his arrest Dec. 15.
Valley Law in Woodstock represents Treftz. The defendant agreed to not oppose extradition if charged in another state as a condition of the modified bond. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Strecky said she did not object to Treftz’ request but asked that the defendant show proof that he was working if and when he leaves the state. Treftz said his employer based in Frederick, Maryland, often sends him out of state.
The court scheduled Treftz’ preliminary hearing on the felony charge of selling or distributing marijuana for July 22. The court scheduled his adjudicatory hearing on the misdemeanor nuisance charge for the same date.
Court documents show Treftz, 28, lists Lexington Park, Maryland, as his home address.
Strasburg police officer P.A. Bernd states in a criminal complaint that, while responding to a call for service at 227 S. Charles St., Apt. 3, he saw suspected marijuana plants inside Treftz’ apartment. Officers seized approximately 15 suspected marijuana plants while executing a search warrant at the apartment, the complaint states. Bernd notes that officers found the plants in Treftz’ bedroom closet. Officers found marijuana seeds near mail with Treftz’ name on it, Bernd adds.
An affidavit filed by officer Scott Crabill for a warrant to search the apartment notes that town police responded to a report of a physical disturbance. A female involved in the disturbance was reported as bleeding, the affidavit states. Responding officers conducted a protective sweep of the apartment complex and within plain view saw a marijuana-grow operation, the affidavit states. Officers saw at least five plants, suspected heat lamps and aluminum foil surrounding the plants, according to the affidavit.
Officers recovered marijuana plants and seeds, a digital scale and plastic bags, pouches containing marijuana and cellphones, according to the search inventory. The officer also sought to search the data in the cellphones.