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Police bust Mansfield family growing pot and cooking up hallucinogenic mushrooms

March 12, 2010 Local News 1 Comment
An example of home-grown psilocybin mushrooms

An example of home-grown psilocybin mushrooms

It was a family affair for one Mansfield clan as four members of the Richard family, living at 1901 Storrs Road were arrested Thursday for operating an indoor marijuana-growing operation and mushroom lab.

Members of the East Field Office of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force – with assistance from the Mansfield Resident Troopers Office – executed a search warrant Thursday and netted four arrests. (Resident state troopers in Mansfield are from state police Troop C in Tolland.)

According to police, a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation and a lab for the hallucinogen psilocybin  mushroom were discovered in the home.

During Thursday’s search, police seized approximately 30 marijuana plants – at various stages of cultivation – an undisclosed amount of marijuana, hundreds of hallucinogenic mushroom spores, an undisclosed amount of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and numerous chemical components and materials used in the cultivation process of those drugs.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said today that the arrest of an entire family for a drug operation wasn’t something that happens everyday. “It is unusual, there’s no question,” he said.

He added that Thursday’s arrests were the result of “good police work.”

Vance said police always try to follow leads quickly so they are able to halt drug operations, especially when they are so close to the University of Connecticut and E.O. Smith High School. “There’s always concern,” he said.

The following were arrested during the search:

  • Judy Richard, 48, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. Her bond was set at $25,000.
  • Justin Richard, 28, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.
  • Brandon Richard, 17, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.
  • Benjamin Richard, 22, charged with cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of hallucinogens, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana/hallucinogens, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $25,000.

All four were scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court this morning [March 12, 2010].

Posted March 12, 2010, edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Police break up Mansfield ‘pot den’

February 22, 2010 Local News Comments Off

marijuana-leaf-diffuse-glowThree men were arrested Friday, Feb. 19 at a home in Mansfield by members of the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force who allege the men were operating a marijuana farm.

None of the men are local residents. However, the site where the factory was operated is a rented home at 286 Woodland Road in Mansfield.

The East Field Office of the task force and the Hartford Drug Enforcement Agency say they conducted a joint investigation into a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation.

Numerous marijuana plants, $1,510 cash, a 2004 Infinity, a Berretta 9mm handgun, a Berretta 25mm handgun and pot cultivation equipment were seized during Friday’s search.

The following men were arrested:

Rodney Kincaid, 28, of 30 New Hampshire Drive, New Britain – charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, altering the serial number on a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. Kincaid is a convicted felon and his bond was set at $250,000. He was due in Rockville Superior Court today.

Jonathan Morales, 23, of 183 Dean Drive, New Britain – charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana and operating a drug factory. His bond was set at $150,000. He was due in Rockville Superior Court today.

Anthony Perzan, 24, of 3 Hotchkiss St., Kensington – charged with conspiracy to commit/cultivate marijuana and conspiracy to commit/operate a drug factory. He is due in Rockville Superior Court March 5. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

According to police, the three men “rented the property and converted it into a sophisticated marijuana growing operation.”

Each room in the property was the site for the various stages of the marijuana-growing process.

State police from Troop C in Tolland and the Mansfield Resident Trooper’s Office also assisted with the execution of the search warrant Friday.

Results from today’s scheduled court appearances were not available late this morning.

Posted Feb. 22, 2010

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