SNOW HILL, Md.- A Worcester County grand jury has indicted two Berlin men on multiple charges in connection with a major marijuana grow operation in the county.
Michael Cori Cluster, 34, and John Harrison, 30, were indicted on Sept. 24 on the following charges: possession of a marijuana in an amount greater than 10 grams, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance structure for the purpose of distributing marijuana.
Both Cluster and Harrison were taken into custody on arrest warrants associated with the aforementioned charges.
According to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, these charges were the result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team with the Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit assisting. As a result of the investigation, multiple search warrants were executed at various locations throughout Worcester County on Sept. 18.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, these search warrants yielded multiple seizures of evidence. Investigators said that notably, one such search warrant was executed at a recently-built 30-foot by 60-foot agricultural shed. The Sheriff’s Office said the building contained a sophisticated marijuana grow operation that was utilizing technologically advanced agricultural techniques designed to maximize the amount of marijuana produced at that location. Authorities said that due to the vast amount of mature plants recovered, along with the complex nature of the grow facility, the entire facility was seized and secured.
Trial dates will be set in the Circuit Court for Worcester County.