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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Crash uncovers marijuana farm

By Associated Press

An Ellicott City man has more than just insurance claims to worry about after a car crashed into his home earlier this month.

Police say the crash revealed that 44-year-old Richard Marriott had an indoor marijuana farm.

Marriott and another person were uninjured when a BMW driven by 20-year-old Bryan Bolster crashed into Marriott's house and burst into flames on Dec. 10. Bolster died in the crash.

Howard County police say fire investigators were inspecting Marriott's home for structural damage when they found the drugs. Police got a search warrant and found what they describe as an extensive growing operation, with nearly 20 large marijuana plants. Marriott was arrested Wednesday and is being held on $15,000 bond.

Court records show he also faces trial next month on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

By Associated Press  | December 22, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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Comments

Who knew you could buy marijuana at a drive-thru.

Posted by: jeadpt | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe pot really does kill?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, You race baiters...I guess this was an African American?...NOT!!! Ellicott City, MD...dare I say more!!! Criminals are criminals...hmmm, it very quiet today!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Talk about dumb luck!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Bummer! On all levels.

Posted by: CalmTruth | December 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Is this Marriott related to THE Marriotts?

What hospitality greeted the visitor!

Anyway, California has thousands of these farms, so what's the big deal?

Posted by: slipuvalad | December 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious.

Posted by: lulu202 | December 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Just desserts.

Posted by: hungrypirana | December 22, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

whatsreallygoingon wrote: "Hey, You race baiters...I guess this was an African American?...NOT!!! Ellicott City, MD...dare I say more!!! Criminals are criminals...hmmm, it very quiet today!"
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Only a racist or an idiot (or both) would presume that only white people live in Ellicott City. Absent a published photo, the suspect's race is not obvious. But we can guess the probable race of whatsreallygoingon by the size of the chip on his shoulder....

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

whatsreallygoingon wrote: Hey, You race baiters...I guess this was an African American?...NOT!!! Ellicott City, MD...dare I say more!!! Criminals are criminals...hmmm, it very quiet today!

HUH???

Posted by: lacy41 | December 22, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, You race baiters...I guess this was an African American?...NOT!!! Ellicott City, MD...dare I say more!!! Criminals are criminals...hmmm, it very quiet today!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse
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Dude...wtf??

Posted by: Glock23 | December 23, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey, You race baiters...I guess this was an African American?...NOT!!! Ellicott City, MD...dare I say more!!! Criminals are criminals...hmmm, it very quiet today!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse
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Dude...wtf??

Posted by: Glock23 | December 23, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

When will the Washington Post publish pictures of Mr. Marriott ,Mr. Bolster ,and the damaged house ?

Posted by: bobt4 | December 23, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

those plants had serious burn-marks in the picture on the fox article - obviously this guy is a first-timer who doesn't know what he's doing. And 10 plants is not an "extensive growing operation", let alone a "farm", what are you kidding me?

Posted by: lwatkins4 | December 23, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

You people are so insensitive, un freaking believable. Let's not forget what ever the race. A 20 year old is gone forever while it is said what you do in the dark will show in the light. Another drug dealer off the streets. Hooray!

Posted by: goldengrl614 | December 23, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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