A Gloucester County man was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for growing marijuana plants in his home using hydroponic equipment and grow lights.
Frank J. Harder III, 33, of Glassboro, must serve at least 18 months before he is eligible for parole under the sentence handed down by state Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. in Woodbury. Harder pleaded guilty on March 4 to a first-degree charge of maintaining or operating a marijuana production facility.
Harder was charged as the result of an investigation by the State Police Marijuana Eradication Squad. Troopers uncovered an indoor marijuana growing operations in three separate homes: Harder's home, the home of a husband and wife in Deptford, and the home of the wife's mother in Woodbury.