A Sayre man faces charges from borough police after he was found to be growing marijuana plants at his residence.

Police charged Jeffrey A. Everetts, 30, with one felony count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance following investigation into a June 5 fire at his East Packer Avenue residence, according to a criminal affidavit filed by police with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw's office.

The fire had been caused by the residents burning cardboard on the porch on the evening of June 5, Sayre Fire Department chief Gil Crossett told this newspaper on the night of the fire. The fire then spread to a wall and up to the second floor of the house.

While fighting the fire, one department member informed police that marijuana plants were being grown in a second-floor bedroom, police said.

There, police found a small growing setup consisting of a three-sided wooden structure about four feet long by three feet wide, an improvised light fixture and two marijuana plants, according to police.

Everetts admitted to police that the apparatus and plants were his and that he was growing the marijuana for his own consumption, police said.

Everetts was arraigned June 24 and released from the Bradford County Jail on non-monetary bail. Everetts' preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9.

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