BELLOWS FALLS -- The Bellows Falls Police Department found "a large number" of marijuana plants inside a Butterfield Avenue home last week after receiving a tip.
Six officers were involved in the investigation into the indoor growing operation; they raided the property at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. One male resident was taken into custody after 107 marijuana plants were discovered. He was cited for possession and cultivation.
According to BFPD Det. Sgt. Shane Harris, the case will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s office for review and charges may be pending.
Harris said the investigation is ongoing and didn’t comment on the suspect’s identity.
When asked about the case, Deputy State’s Attorney Steve Brown said he hadn’t yet received it. He said he knows only what the BFPD has told him.
"We’ll look at the case and decide if any charges are appropriate," he said in a telephone interview on Monday.
Harris said the male suspect could serve at least five years in jail.
He said it was difficult to remain covert as the execution of the search warrant was carried out in the light of day.