Wheeling Police discovered 83 marijuana plants at a Wheeling home after responding to a possible domestic call at a neighbor’s home on Pierce Street in Wheeling.
After clearing the call, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from a home down the street. After knocking on the door, they spoke with the resident, Derek Schultz. Describing the odor they smelled, officers allegedly asked Schultz if there was any marijuana inside the house, and he said he had around an eighth of an ounce.
Police say that officers then asked the man if they could perform a voluntary search of the home to retrieve that marijuana, but Schultz reportedly denied that request. He was then asked to step outside of his residence to speak with officers.
While outside, police again asked Schultz how much marijuana was in his home, to which he reportedly responded that he had around 40-50 marijuana plants. Officers then detained Schultz and obtained a search warrant.
In the residence, police found 83 marijuana plants, as well as several bags containing marijuana, a scale, a notebook detailing instructions on how to grow the plants, and other paraphernalia.
Schultz, 47 of Wheeling, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was arraigned in Ohio County Court, and is being held in the Northern Regional Jail on $20,000 bond.