Delaware State Police on Sept. 18 arrested a Frankford-area man in connection with the seizure of marijuana plants they had spotted Sept. 17 during an aerial search as part of a marijuana eradication operation. Troopers arrested Stephen L. Rogers, 56, the owner of the property on which the plants were discovered, in a field behind the 30000 block of Frankford School Lane, south of Frankford.
Members of the Delaware State Police Troop 4 Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex Governors Task Force, and Delaware State Police Aviation South were conducting marijuana eradication operations on Sept. 17 when they discovered what appeared to marijuana in a field. Police said that during the investigation, troopers contacted Rogers as the owner of the property and then performed a consent search of the property. Troopers, they said, located and seized 16 marijuana plants growing on the property and four marijuana plants inside his residence.
Combined, the marijuana plants weighed a total of 17 pounds.
In addition, a Ruger .357 handgun, three shotguns, two rifles and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence.
Rogers was arrested on charges of Trafficking Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling, Possession of Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released on a $42,000 unsecured bond.