Citizen’s tip leads to felony drug arrest

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Bernard Murphy Jr., 33, of 8890 Township Road 239, Lot 23, Lakeview, was charged Thursday with trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, as a result of a search warrant that was served at his property Tuesday.

Officers of the Washington Township Police Department received an anonymous tip about Tuesday from a concerned citizen in reference to several marijuana plants being grown behind Murphy’s property.

Officers responded to a residence and 12 marijuana plants were observed in plain view in the rear of the residence.

Officers then prepared and executed a search warrant on the residence.

Additional marijuana, marijuana growing products, prescription medication, a syringe with a liquid substance inside, scales and paraphernalia were recovered from the residence.

The homeowner, Murphy, who was not home at the time the warrant was executed, was apprehended Thursday evening. He is facing several additional charges.