The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 18, 2014

Man admits to drug charges; wife cleared

The Herald

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — A Shenango Township man has admitted a drug charge concerning a marijuana growing operation while prosecutors dropped a case against his wife.

Michael L. Slicker, 37, of 13 Denaman Drive A, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

His wife, Sara E. Slicker, 33, faced the same charges, but prosecutors withdrew her case at the time of his plea.

Mercer County Drug Task Force filed charges Aug. 29, 2011, saying it conducted a four-week investigation that included surveillance of Slicker, monitoring the growth of plants in a field behind a vacant home at 26 Stefanak Drive, Shenango Township, and statements from an informant.

Police said they seized 13 pot plants from the field, along with pots, storage bins and wire mesh.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 2011, police obtained Mrs. Slicker’s consent to search her home and found a grow room in the basement with lights, generators, a heater, a fan, growing chemicals and pots, bins and mesh identical to those found in the field, police said.

Two pipes and a snack box containing dried pot, film cases containing pot seeds and a scale were found in the bedroom, police said.

The informant told police Slicker had been growing pot for about 11 years, and that he had helped Slicker tend plants in a field behind Slicker’s home, police said.

Slicker had provided the informant with pot, police said.