Two Ketchikan men appeared in court today to face felony drug charges.
61-year-old Lowell Tschetter and 59-year-old Steven Brandow are both charged with four counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree, all C felonies.
According to court documents, Brandow called State Troopers after the two got in an argument at the house they shared, which Brandow owns. When troopers responded, Tschetter had left and troopers allegedly found 48 growing and rooted marijuana plants, and 96 ounces of stored stems and leaves, as well as a digital scale, grow lights and packaging materials in the house.
Brandow allegedly told troopers Tschetter cultivated the marijuana, but he helped cultivate, as well as smoke, the marijuana and often referred to the plants as his.
Brandow and Tschetter were arraigned and released on their own recognizance today. Tschetter’s next appearance is Sept. 29, and Brandow’s is Oct. 31. Each charge has a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.