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By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 2, 2010; 11:15 PM

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, police said.

Officers arrested Howard Arenstein, 60, and his wife, Orly Katz, 57, at their home in the 3500 block of T Street and charged them with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police said.

According to his biography on CBS News's Web site, Arenstein's wife, known professionally as Orly Azoulay, is a Washington correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel's most widely circulated newspapers.

Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident, police said. A police report said cannabis was recovered from the home; officers said they found 11 full-grown marijuana plants and six 2-ounce bags of marijuana. Authorities consider each plant to equal a pound of marijuana.

According to CBS News's Web site, Arenstein has supervised coverage and reported on such major Washington stories as the disputed 2000 presidential election; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the war in Iraq.

Neighbors in Georgetown, who asked not to be quoted by name, said the couple generally kept to themselves. Some said they heard the commotion or saw police at the home but didn't know what was going on.

At the couple's two-story, off-white brick house, all the blinds were drawn Saturday evening. No one answered the door, and a phone message left at the home was not immediately returned.

A CBS News spokesman would not comment.

Staff writers J. Freedom du Lac and Martin Weil contributed to this report.

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