Three men are facing charges after police discovered a large-scale marijuana and hash oil operation in Lower Paxton Township.

(From left) Nicholas J. Grubb, Steven Schaffhauser and Aaron Acri are charged in connection with a large illegal marijuana operation in Lower Paxton Township, police say.submitted 

The Dauphin County Drug Task Force and Lower Paxton Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 1341 North Mountain Road on Tuesday.

As a result of that search, officers found 44 pounds of marijuana, along with 18 pounds of hash oil, also known as “shatter.” Officers also seized a large amount of drug paraphernalia, multiple firearms, and over $89,000 in cash.

Money counters, surveillance video devices, and pens used to identify counterfeit bills were also discovered, according to police.

Police estimated the combined street value of the drugs is over $465,000.

The three suspects were at the residence when the warrant was served, and have been charged:

Steven Van Schaffhauser, 21 Aaron Victor Acri, 21 Nicholas J. Grubb, 24

Each suspect is charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marisco said at a news conference Wednesday authorities were tipped off about the operation following complaints of drug activity at the residence.

“Make no mistake about it that this was a big time drug dealing operation,” he said. “Drug trafficking … is a dangerous game. It involves a lot of money, it involves a lot of weapons.”

Both Marisco and David J. Spotts, director of public safety for the township, called the discovery indicitive of a large-scale operation, and that the investigation will continue.

Court dockets indicate Schaffhauser, Acri, and Grubb have each been jailed at the Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

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