Cops find pot plants at neighbor’s house during drug sweep

Two people face charges after Altoona police, while tracking down a suspect in Monday’s drug sweep, noticed two suspected marijuana plants growing on a neighbor’s porch.

Altoona police, along with state parole agents, were at 1322 17th Ave. looking for a drug suspect about 8:30 a.m. Monday when from the front porch of that home, officers could see two suspected marijuana plants growing on the front porch of 1324 17th Ave., according to police.

The residents of 1324 17th Ave., Canaan L. Laich, 32, and Pamela M. Laich, 33, were arrested for the two marijuana plants but said they were watching the plants for a friend, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Canaan Laich answered the door when officers knocked after seeing the plants, and police said Pamela Laich came down the stairs naked. After she was told to get dressed, both were read their rights and police said Canaan Laich lied twice to police about his name and date of birth.

Officers allegedly found a syringe and two pot pipes on the coffee table in the living room, and when Pamela Laich was arrested, two suspected packets of heroin were found under a breast, police noted.

Both face felony conspiracy charges along with felony and misdemeanor drug counts. Canaan Laich is also charged with false identification to law enforcement.

Canaan Laich was jailed Monday after his arraignment by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller, who set bail at $10,000 cash. Pamela Laich was released on a unsecured $30,000 bond.

Their preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 4.