Drug Charges Levied Against Alleged Poacher
A Wilmot Township man whom authorities charged last week with several counts of unlawfully taking big game without proper permits or tagging them was charged on Nov. 28 with drug possession and operating a marijuana growing operation on his property. Additional charges are pending against Timothy Blood’s mother and a female at the residence, who allegedly conspired to remove evidence from the property right in front of a State Police Troop P Vice Unit.
The troopers were responding to a tip from Vermont State Police that Timothy Joseph Blood, 41, who had been released from Bradford County Correctional Facility after posting $1,000 bail for the poaching charges, had grown hundreds of pot plants in the cornfields near his Oak Hill Road residence.
The state trooper who phoned the Towanda State Police barracks from Vermont indicated that his department had first learned of Blood’s activities from the New Hampshire State Police, whose confidential source informed them of Blood’s activities in Pennsylvania. On Oct. 19, Vermont Police conducted a traffic stop of Blood’s vehicle and reportedly found him to be in possession of 13 ounces of marijuana.
On Oct. 30, Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Adams spoke with another confidential informant, who allegedly confirmed that he/she had visited Blood’s residence within the previous two weeks and had seen between 30 and 50 plants.
Adams and Cpl. Douglas Smith arrived at the Blood residence at about 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 and made contact with Blood in the area of his garage. When advised of the purpose of their visit, Blood reportedly said that he only had a few marijuana “roaches” on the property and said that he had destroyed the rest of his pot after being arrested in Vermont. He also noted that his mother, Dorothy Blood, was visiting from New Hampshire and was about to transport three children on the property, ages 11 to 17, back to New Hampshire.
The youths left the residence and got into a Jeep Liberty parked outside, and Angela Dawn Davis, whose relationship to Blood and his mother is not defined in the Affidavit of Probable Cause, proceeded to assist Blood’s mother with gathering their belongings upstairs. The defendant was permitted to assist the two women with securing luggage in Mrs. Blood’s Toyota Camry, which was also parked outside. The two suitcases, one of which was placed in the back sat and the other in the truck of the car, raised the suspicion of the vice unit officers, who asked if they could search the luggage for narcotics.
Mrs. Blood reportedly said, “No, I’m leaving. You can’t go through it,” as she climbed into the vehicle. According to the police report, Blood encouraged his mother to allow the officers to open the luggage, saying that he did not want his mother to get into trouble. Inside the first suitcase, the patrolmen found a large black garbage bag full of pot.
Blood reportedly denied knowing that the women had packed the marijuana in the luggage but insisted that it was all that he had. Subsequently, Davis allegedly conceded that she was aware that the pot had been stored in the suitcase and had made the decision to put it in Mrs. Blood’s car. Police noted, however, that personal items belonging to Mrs. Blood were in the same suitcase.
After they found the suitcase full of pot, Adams secured a search warrant from Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark’s office from Blood’s residence and began a more thorough investigation of the property and vehicles at about 2:40 p.m.
According to the public information release, numerous bags and bins of marijuana were recovered from the home. Pounds of dried marijuana and plants in the process of drying were discovered, as well as pot seeds, equipment and other items used in the process of cultivating marijuana indoors. More pot was reportedly found in the attic, along with plant soil, fertilizer, and chains hanging from the rafters that were presumed to have supported grow lights.
The second suitcase in the Camry allegedly contained dried, processed marijuana in mason jars and numerous dried marijuana stalks. A black garbage bag full of pot was reportedly found in the basement, and, in a makeshift shed alongside the garage, a .35-caliber long rifle and two 30-gallon plastic containers full of marijuana were discovered.
Troopers arrested Blood, who was arraigned before Judge Fred Wheaton and remanded to Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. The investigation is continuing.
On Nov. 14, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials formally accused Blood of taking four deer illegally during the previous weeks. He allegedly had two bucks and a doe hanging in his garage and the antlers from a third buck that he told the investigating game warden were from a road kill. Whether or not the third buck was actually hit by a vehicle, possession of the rack and the meat that Blood reportedly said was already in his freezer was illegal because claiming big game killed along the road still requires notification to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which documents and then issues a free tag for animal.
Blood had never secured an antlerless deer tag for the doe that was in his possession, and he allegedly told the game warden that he did not bother to tag the last buck that he shot on Nov. 9 with a bow and arrow because “it was the end of the season.” The first of two annual archery seasons actually ended on Nov. 12.
PA Game Commission Officer Rick Finnegan determined that all three of the deer that were hanging in Blood’s garage had been taken, so he seized them, as well as the set of antlers and venison in Blood’s freezer as contraband. Blood was arraigned by Judge Tim Clark on Nov. 16 and faces a Dec. 18 preliminary hearing.
The more recent drug bust resulted in charges against Blood for possession of drugs, paraphernalia, and instruments for cultivating marijuana; charges for endangering the welfare of the three children present; and charges for conspiracy with Davis to manufacture and deliver a controlled substance. Charges against Davis and Mrs. Blood are pending. Timothy Blood’s preliminary hearing date for the drug charges is scheduled for Dec. 4.