SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What started as a domestic incident at a Springfield home ended with the discovery of an alleged marijuana growing operation worth $100,000.
Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that police were called to 129 Appleton Street shortly after midnight Friday after receiving a complaint from a woman that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend.
When officers got there, Delaney says the house’s resident, 34 year-old Son Hong Nguyen, said “Yup, I did it, take me to jail.”
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Police went inside the house, however, to check on the victim, and were told that the argument began when the girlfriend heard Nguyen having sex with another woman in the basement.
Delaney says police went downstairs to see if there was anyone down there, but instead found 160 marijuana plants, hydroponic lights, and a feeding system for the plants.
The entire growing operation is worth about $100,000, Delaney said.
Nguyen is charged with domestic assault and battery, in addition to cultivating marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Springfield District Court.