A veteran CBS Radio News correspondent was arrested early Saturday on drug charges after police searched his Northwest Washington home, and found marijuana plants growing in his yard, authorities said.
Police arrested Howard Arenstein and his wife at their home in the 3500 block of T Street and charged them with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Arenstein is married to Orly Azoulay, Washington correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest and most widely read newspaper in Israel.
Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident, and found 11 fully mature marijuana plants and six two-ounce bags of marijuana inside the home. Each plant is considered by authorities to equal one pound of marijuana. Early Saturday evening, the porch light of the home was on and there was a small pile of mail on the doorstep, but no one answered the door.
According to the CBS news site, Arenstein has supervised coverage and reported on major Washington stories such as the disputed 2000 presidential election, the September 11th hijackings, the war in Iraq and the DC area sniper shootings.