Westminster pot growing operation discovered by police


WESTMINSTER — Police say 181 pot plants, 1.75 pounds of processed marijuana and approximately $30,000 in cash was seized after a grow operation was discovered.

Vermont State Police said they received an anonymous call on Saturday regarding knowledge of there being marijuana at 148 Beechnut Lane in Westminster. When they arrived, evidence was found and a search warrant for the home was obtained.

"A search revealed a grow operation," police said in a press release before mentioning the items that were seized during the incident. "Police also seized cultivation equipment from the residence."

Anthony Bugatch, 42, of Westminster, was arrested and processed at the Vermont State Police Rockingham Barracks. He was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Windham County Criminal Division on March 8 for felony cultivation and felony possession of marijuana.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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