Culpeper Man Arrested on Marijuana and Weapons Charges

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Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Press Release

A local man is charged with drug possession, with intent to distribute, after authorities found approximately 60 marijuana plants at a home he resided in on Williams Drive.

On Monday, Oct. 1, around 9 p.m., Det. Jason Clark knocked on the door of a home on the 20000 block of Williams Drive in Culpeper.  Upon answering the door and seeing officers, Peter I. Gates, 34, slammed the door shut.

Clark, along with a joint street crimes unit, entered and secured the residence. The officers later executed a search warrant and seized approximately 60 marijuana plants in a garage on the property.

Clark and the officers found several ounces of packaged marijuana that had an estimated street value of $2,000. Also seized at the scene were two handguns, an assault rifle and more than $3,000 in cash.

As a result of this incident, Gates, of Culpeper, is charged with possession with intent to distribute more than five pounds of marijuana. He is also charged with possession of a firearm while in possession of more than one pound of marijuana.

Gates resided at the home on Williams Drive with family members. Investigators described the scene in the garage where the marijuana plants were found as an "elaborate grow operation." The street value of all of the plants combined is estimated at $180,000.

Det. Clark is a member of a joint street crimes unit—a group consisting of Culpeper Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Culpeper Police Department. The group is responsible for Monday's successful bust.

"For the second time in less than a week, the street crimes unit has successfully targeted and ended an illegal drug operation in Culpeper," Sheriff Scott Jenkins said today. "We are all proud of the work being done by this aggressive group of officers. Det. Clark has been a good addition this year to the joint street crimes unit."

Gates has been released from the Culpeper County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.