MIDDLEBURG — A bench warrant for the arrest of Craig L. Poust, who violated bail conditions while awaiting arraignment on drugs and weapon charges, was issued by a Snyder County judge this morning.

Poust, 42, of Port Trevorton, and his live-in girlfriend, Chanel H. Kantz, 24, are accused of running a marijuana-growing operation and having a weapon with a home-made silencer at their home.

State police uncovered the alleged crime while serving a search warrant at the property in late February seeking evidence of rape and related offenses after several women came forward to report allegations that the couple drugged, sexually assaulted and took pictures of them.

A bench warrant for Kantz’s arrest was issued last week when she failed to appear at a preliminary hearing on the drug and weapon charges in district court.

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