An Elkins man was arrested this week for allegedly growing marijuana in his yard, police said.
Leslie Curtis Pniewski, 57, of 109 Findley St., was arrested Monday and charged with prohibited acts A, manufacture of marijuana. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only by Magistrate George M. Riggleman.
According to the criminal complaint prepared by Trooper J.J. Cornelius of the West Virginia State Police, officers received information Monday afternoon that marijuana was growing in Pniewski's yard. A trooper personally counted 15 marijuana plants growing in pots in the yard, according to the complaint.
At 4:10 p.m. Monday, Cornelius returned to the residence with a search warrant, and found 23 marijuana plants, which were seized from the property, along with seeds, smoking devices and two firearms, according to the complaint.
Police allege that Pniewski wrote a statement saying he is the only person who lives in the house.
Pniewski also allegedly said that he grew the marijuana for his own personal use, and that he grew the plants from seeds, according to the complaint.