The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and the PA Attorney General’s office, filed charges on Oct. 2 against a Wilkes-Barre man for allegedly growing 170 marijuana “pot” plants on state game lands in Luzerne County. Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Gerald Feissner, who in 2011, ruled against Kate Gosselin in the “infamous” case that left Gosselin paying for services rendered by therapist Sylvia Lafair.
According to the Attorney General’s office, on the afternoon of Sep. 6, Wildlife Conservation Officer David Allen, of the PGC was patrolling SGL 187 in Dennison Township when he spotted Thomas Dalton, 47, of Wilkes-Barre, driving a car on a remote section of the game lands. WCO Allen stopped the vehicle and performed a search, which revealed a 125-gallon plastic water tank, an electric water pump, and other items consistent with the cultivation of marijuana.
Upon further investigation, WCO Allen discovered vehicle tracks entering the woods and followed the tracks to an opening where he discovered 170 mature marijuana plants growing at the site. According to the PGC, field tests on the plants were positive for THC. As a result of the Sep. 6 incident, Dalton was 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 allegedly told WCO Allen and agents with the Attorney General’s office that he planted the marijuana at the game lands location earlier this year. 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. Dalton was arraigned on Oct. 2 before Judge Feissner and released on his own recognizance. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane stated that with hunting season approaching and more Pennsylvanians on state game lands, suspicious activity should be reported to the PGC and the Pennsylvania State Police.
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