Chambersburg PD bust marijuana grow house after Crimewatch tip leads them to over 20 plants

11 December 2023- Chambersburg PD have long touted their Crimewatch site as a great way for the public to reach them and vice versa, and now new court filings really show how true that is. Andrew Brook Cunningham is behind bars on $50,000 bail following charges of felony manufacturing with intent to deliver illegal substances and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chambersburg PD officers went to a home on Riddle Road around 11:30am on December 8th to follow up on a Crimewatch tip that was received the day prior. In the tip, police allegedly learned that Andrew Cunningham was growing marijuana in the basement of his home. After police spoke to Cunningham, he allegedly denied there was marijuana growing in his home. He also reportedly denied a search due to the presence of multiple dogs in the house.

While officers were speaking to Cunningham, they reportedly noticed a second person in the home who turned out to be the actual homeowner. Police later contacted this woman by phone and let her know the nature of their visit. During the call, this woman allegedly told police that Cunningham was indeed growing marijuana in the basement and was keeping it upstairs to dry and store.

Police returned to the home to conduct a search with the blessings of the homeowner. Cunningham was allegedly there as well, with him taking police to the basement. Finding a trove of evidence, Cunningham was taken into custody shortly thereafter.

Police say that they found four grow pods, three of which contained marijuana plants. Totaling 22 plants, police say they also found air systems, thermostats, grow lights, and bottles of grow chemicals among the plants.

A search upstairs found 36 full mason jars of leaf marijuana, according to police, with them also finding a large amount of packing material and smoking devices. Due to the factor of distribution, police charged Cunningham.

Andrew Cunningham is behind bars on $50,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for December 19th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000438-2023, Incident No.: C202314013