Michael Allen Bentz
In May of 2013, narcotics detectives with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office developed information regarding the marijuana trafficking in both Montgomery and Berks Counties. A joint investigation was initiated between the Berks County Drug Task Force and the Montgomery County Detectives.
Between May and October of 2013, Detectives conducted undercover drug purchases from Michael Bentz, age 47. On October 24, 2013, a search warrant for Michael Bentz's residence located at 24 Power Line Road in Earl Township, Berks County, was issued by Magisterial District Judge Stuart Kennedy.
Detectives from the Berks County Drug Task Force, Montgomery County Detectives, and an FBI agent executed the warrant at 24 Power Line Road on the morning of October 25, 2013. Michael Bentz was taken into custody at that time. Items discovered at the residence included:
- evidence of a marijuana growing operation
- high grade marijuana in various containers packaged for sale
- approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine
- psilocybin mushroom
- multiple firearms including a loaded SKS assault rifle with high capacity magazines
- two hand guns
- five long rifles
- one shotgun
- stock of ammunition
In total, approximately three pounds of high grade marijuana was seized. The marijuana is considered of a high quality and is sold for $3,800 per pound, and as much as $400 per ounce. If sold by the ounce the total "street" value would be $19,200.
Michael Bentz was transported to the Berks County Sheriff's Department Central Processing Center for processing and video arraignment. If convicted, Bentz faces a minimum sentence of 5 years for the drug charges.