A 51-year-old Seaford area man is facing drug charges after state police reportedly found 23 marijuana plants growing on his property in the Indian Village Mobile Home Park.


A 51-year-old Seaford area man is facing drug charges after state police reportedly found 23 marijuana plants growing on his property in the Indian Village Mobile Home Park.

State police visited the home of Joseph E. Easterday in the 23000 block of Burton Street at about 12:16 p.m. on Friday after receiving a complaint that he had been harassing his neighbor.

A 52-year-old female resident of the mobile home park had reported that Easterday entered her property and threatened her on Thursday evening before shouted obscenities at her from his vehicle sometime on Friday, police said.

Troopers were unable to locate him Easterday at his home, but while checking a camper in the rear of his property, they did find several large marijuana plants, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.

After obtaining a search warrant, troopers seized 23 plants, together weighing 22 pounds, as well as assorted drug paraphernalia associated with a marijuana grow operations, Shavack said.

Easterday was later taken into custody and charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, terroristic threatening and third-degree criminal trespass.

As of Friday, he was being held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $21,200 cash bond.