When township detectives executed a search warrant on a Canfield home, they were looking for a weapon used in a Boardman crime.
Instead, they found more than 300 marijuana plants in plain view and notified the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Federal charges have not been filed, but I can tell you 335 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized. They were in three rooms,” said Bob Balzano, a DEA resident agent.
The amount of marijuana meets federal thresholds for prosecution, Balzano said Monday.
Boardman police said they went to the house looking for evidence against Charles Brian Muth, 40, of Canfield. Muth is charged with aggravated menacing and ethnic intimidation, a felony.
He is accused of calling a township man repeatedly about 3 a.m. Christmas Day, threatening to kill the man’s family and using derogatory language, police said.
Three days after Christmas, a drive-by shooting was reported at the man’s ex-wife’s home on Jaguar Drive about 2 a.m., and police found bullet holes inside the residence, according to reports.
The female homeowner was present during the shooting, as were her 7-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old woman, police said.
Detective Sgt. Glen Riddle said Muth was a suspect in the drive-by shooting, which is why Boardman police requested a search warrant for several locations, including Muth’s 3,172-square-foot house at 9075 Briarwood Court in Canfield where the marijuana was discovered. The Mahoning County auditor lists the total market value of the property at $354,200.
Boardman police and the DEA searched the house Friday, and warrants were issued for Muth’s arrest.
Muth was arrested Friday night by Cleveland police at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with about $1,200 in his possession, Riddle said.
Muth was held in Cleveland until U.S. marshals and Boardman police took custody of him Monday. Shortly after that, Muth posted his $15,750 bond.
Muth was arraigned Tuesday in Boardman area court and pleaded not guilty to the aggravated menacing charge and did not enter a plea to the ethnic intimidation charge. A pretrial hearing is set for March 6.
Riddle said the intimidation case does not appear to be related to drugs.
“The [intimidation] victim and [Muth] know each other and there’s some bad blood between them,” Riddle said, adding that Muth is still a suspect in the shooting but has not been charged.