CHESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Chester Police seized a large amount marijuana plants from a house on Taft Road, Tuesday, after arresting a man for driving without a license.
According to Jim Leydon of the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, Chester Police arrested 31-year-old Christopher Halla of Fitchburg, Mass. for operating a motor vehicle without a license near his alleged residence at 11 Taft Road.
During the arrest, the officers could smell and saw marijuana plants in the yard of 11 Taft Road, Leydon said. The Hampden County Narcotics Task Force was then called in to assist with the investigation.
Chester Police and the Task Force went inside the house with a search warrant and found a “sophisticated marijuana grow operation.” Leydon said the officers found about 467 marijuana plants, a large amount of dried marijuana, growing paraphernalia, packaging materials and items related to drug distribution.
Leydon said Halla was taken to Hampshire County House of Correction and held pending bail on motor vehicle charges, but he will also face additional charges for marijuana trafficking and cultivation.
Hampden D.A. Anthony Gulluni said, “We are focused on investigating, arresting, and aggressively prosecuting drug dealers and traffickers. It is they who profit from the scourge of addiction, which destroys lives, families, and communities. The involved agencies collaborated to remove a significant amount of illicit drugs off the streets. I thank the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force for its vigilance and a thorough and successful investigation.”
The house at 11 Taft Road was unlivable and allegedly only used for the cultivation and processing of marijuana, Leydon said.