MANCHESTER — A father and son were arrested Thursday for allegedly growing a marijuana farm at a home on Weldon Road in the Holly Oaks section of the township.

After the township police's Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Ocean County Regional SWAT team executed a search warrant on the property, they found more than two dozen 5- to 6-foot marijuana plants growing in the backyard and 711 grams inside the home as well as crack cocaine, a stun gun, hypodermic syringes, a .22-caliber revolver and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation followed a tip to police that someone was growing the weed at that house.

As a result, the two men face hefty charges for allegedly maintaining a controlled dangerous substance facility, possession of and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other drug related offenses.

Richard Ponsiek, 63, is charged with conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 500 feet of a park, conspiracy to commit possession of marijuana over 50 grams and possession of prohibited weapons.

Michael Ponsiek, 37, is charged with maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, possession of and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 500 feet of a park, possession of a stun gun, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes.

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