North Potomac father in drug, weapon case placed on probation -- Gazette.Net



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A North Potomac dad whose son’s Instragram posts of drugs and weapons led to their arrests in 2013 was sentenced to four years probation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Under the terms of the sentence, Darel Gettier, 64, was required to make a $2,500 donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund and had to give up his guns, state’s attorney’s spokesman Ramon Korionoff said.

Gettier pleaded guilty to the charge April 10, court records show. He was initially charged with seven other criminal counts, but those were dropped.

Police alleged in court filings that Gettier’s North Potomac residence had been label as a “problem house,” the site of frequent parties and the place where teens bought drugs from Gettier’s teenage son during school hours.

Investigators said they were tipped off by the son’s Instagram account, where more than 600 photos of drugs and weapons were posted, The Gazette reported.

When Gettier and his son were arrested Oct. 11, 2013, a SWAT team search turned up 45 guns — among them an M-16 that his son posted on Instragram.

Seven people were inside the house smoking marijuana at the time of the search, police said.

His son, who was 16 at the time of the arrests, was initially charged as an adult with:

• possession of a firearm by a minor

• possession of marijuana

• possession of drug paraphernalia

• possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance

• possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

But according to Korionoff, Judge Michael D. Mason granted a motion to waive the teen’s case to juvenile court. The Gazette generally does not name juveniles who are not charged as adults.

Calls to the Gettiers’ attorneys were not returned Monday.

tarnold@gazette.net