Defendant: Joseph Cory Scalise, age 43
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession With the Intent to Deliver & Manufacture Marijuana
- Possession With the Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Berks County District Attorney's Drug Task Force and the Oley Township Police Department dismantled a marijuana growing operation located at 241 Mud Run Road in Oley Township, Berks County.
The investigation began with an Oley Township police officer, Corporal John Verno, investigating a hit and run traffic incident involving a vehicle that was registered to Joseph Cory Scalise. As part of the traffic investigation, Corporal Verno went to 241 Mud Run Road and met Scalise. During his meeting, Cpl. Verno detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the home. After detecting the odor of marijuana, Cpl. Verno immediately contacted members of the Drug Task Force.
Once Drug Task Force detectives arrived, they obtained a consent search waiver which was signed by Scalise. Then, a search was conducted and detectives discovered a sophisticated marijuana grow operation inside of the residence. The front of the residence appeared to be a normal family dwelling but the inside was constructed in a fashion to facilitate the planting, growing, harvesting, cleaning, packaging and preparation for the distribution of marijuana. A system of grow lights, vents and fans ran throughout the house.
The following items were seized:
- 246 marijuana plants
- 4 large plastic storage bins containing bulk amounts of marijuana buds
- additional amounts of processed marijuana stored in mason jars
- 4 handguns, 1 rifle, and a stock of ammunition
- numerous items of paraphernalia for growing and packaging of marijuana
On October 21, 2016, Drug Task Force detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Scalise on the aforementioned violations of the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance and Drug Act. The warrant was issued by Senior Magisterial District Judge Nicholas M. Bentz, Jr.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 21, 2016, Scalise surrendered to detectives at the Oley Township Police Department. He was transported to the Berks County Sheriff's Processing Center for processing and video arraignment. Bail was set in the amount of $25,000.00. He is currently out on bail awaiting further court action.