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Marijuana grow operation found in home with five children

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A man and woman living in a Doylestown Township house with five children ranging in age from 10 to 17 years old were arrested on child endangerment and drug charges after police found a marijuana growing operation in the basement of their home.

Caren Shanfeld, 45, and Francis J. Medvedik, 49, of the 2000 block of Par Drive, were arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Mark Douple in Doylestown Township. Both were released under $100,000 unsecured bail.

Township police said they found the marijuana growing in the house May 9 when a resident of the home admitted them. Once inside, investigators discovered the marijuana growing operation and secured a search warrant.

Police seized 18 plants, grow lights, fans, timers and electrical cords from a basement designed to grow marijuana. Packaging equipment and cash also was found in the master bedrooms, police said.
Police said the five juveniles living in the house had access to or knowledge of the growing operation. Police said Medvedik and Shanfeld are the owners of the house.

They were each charge with possession with intent to manufacture and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.

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