‘Grandpa’ charged with keeping a drug house

2013-03-01T15:15:00Z 2013-03-08T15:34:07Z ‘Grandpa’ charged with keeping a drug houseBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
March 01, 2013 3:15 pm  • 

A rural Blue Grass home was the scene of searches for the drug Ecstasy in 2009, a psilocybin mushroom lab in January and marijuana and prescription pills Thursday, police say.

Scott County sheriff’s deputies have served three search warrants at 6010 116th St., including one that led to Thursday’s arrest of Ryan Lee Toliver, 23, and his girlfriend, Emily Ann Dwyer, 21, who lived in the home.

Now authorities are also charging Toliver’s grandfather, William J. Marolf, 64, with hosting a drug house. He owns the home and is accused of allowing his grandson to make use of it to deal drugs, Scott County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryce Schmidt said.

“Police were getting tired of kids dealing out of the house, so they charged Grandpa,” Schmidt said.

Marolf’s charge would be a serious misdemeanor if only marijuana had been found. But police say they found prescription pills, including suboxone, clonidine and clonazepam, that had been reported stolen. So he faces a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted.

In July 2009, a search warrant was executed at Marolf’s residence and two ounces of synthetic ecstasy were found, according to court records. Toliver was convicted in connection with that offense and sentenced to two years of probation.

In January, another search warrant was executed at the home and a psilocybin mushroom lab was discovered, resulting in drug charges that Toliver and Dwyer. Both have pleaded not guilty and trials are pending.

Toliver was back in the Scott County Jail on Thursday, facing several drug charges including a Class C felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Dwyer was released from the jail Thursday, also charged with a Class C felony.

Marolf was released from the jail Thursday.

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