A Cohasset man running a sophisticated marijuana grow house from a Scituate home had $15,000 worth of equipment, but police say he couldn’t mask the smell.When police arrived at 12 Pondview Ave. Extension Tuesday to investigate a tip, the odor of marijuana hit them before they reached the door.
A Cohasset man running a sophisticated marijuana grow house from a Scituate home had $15,000 worth of equipment, but police say he couldn’t mask the smell.
When police arrived at 12 Pondview Ave. Extension Tuesday to investigate a tip, the odor of marijuana hit them before they reached the door.
By Wednesday evening, they had seized 75 plants and uncovered an elaborate operation that could yield more than $200,000 worth of marijuana.
“As soon as we got out of the car we said ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’” said Scituate Police Detective Lt. Michael Stewart, who first approached the house Tuesday. “There was no hiding that smell.”
They returned the next day with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Quincy police detectives and entered the house with the cooperation of the property owner.
Inside, they found a hydroponic grow system that filled two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, with equipment used to test pH and nutrient levels, air circulators and exhaust fans.
The 75 plants, cloned from high-end plants and at different stages of maturity, could yield about $3,000 worth of marijuana each, Stewart said.
Police arrested Scott R. Garland, 48, of Cohasset, and charged him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, third offense; cultivating marijuana; and trafficking in marijuana. Scituate Police Chief Brian Stewart said Garland’s previous drug arrests were not in Scituate.
Police did not name the owner of the Scituate house, but said the investigation into other people who may be involved is ongoing.
Scituate police said it was one of the largest grow houses discovered in the town in decades.
“It wasn’t a huge operation, but they had all the right equipment,” Lt. Stewart said. “They had it down to a science.”
Garland was arraigned Thursday in Hingham District Court and released, Chief Stewart said. Information about his bail was not available Thursday night.
In recent years, several larger grow houses have been discovered on the South Shore.
In 2007 authorities seized 367 marijuana plants from a Braintree raid, and another 300 in Randolph.
In 2008, Hull police raided a Manomet Avenue house and discovered 113 plants, false walls, electrical and irrigation equipment and gas lines connected to carbon dioxide generators.
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