SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say that they saw 18 large marijuana plants growing over a home’s stockade fence, and once inside, they allegedly found even more pot.
According to Police Sgt. John Delaney, 46 year-old Kevin Drainville was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police served a search warrant at his home at 90 Merrimac Avenue.
Delaney says that narcotics detectives began investigating the marijuana growing operation, in which plants were growing over the fence, and the smell of pot could be detected by police and neighbors alike.
After obtaining the search warrant, Delaney says police seized the 18 plants growing outside, and found several small marijuana plants in the basement, along with “hydro lights, feeding devices, and drug paraphernalia.” In all, Delaney says the detectives removed 117 pounds of marijuana from the property.
They also allegedly found about $10,000 in cash hidden in a clothes hamper in a bathroom, in addition to shotguns, rifles, handguns, and close to 250 rounds of ammunition.
Drainville is being charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of ammunition, and possession of a high-capacity feeding device. He was arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.