NEW FOR WEDNESDAY: OC Police Break Up Pot Growing Operation

SCOTT_CHRISTOPHER

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man faces numerous drug charges this week after an OCPD narcotics unit raid on his residence Tuesday evening revealed an alleged marijuana growing operation including over 100 plants.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">

Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the OCPD Narcotics Unit executed a search and seizure warrant on a residence on Sunset Drive in Ocean City following an investigation into the illegal manufacturing and distribution of marijuana in and around the resort area. During the on-scene investigation, OCPD narcotics detectives discovered 104 individual marijuana plants being grown in the unit.

Investigators were able to identify the primary suspect at the scene as Christopher Scott Smith, 39, of Ocean City. During the investigation, detectives seized various items of evidence including numerous pieces of equipment used in the growing and production of marijuana. Smith was arrested and has been charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Smith was being held by the OCPD pending an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.