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High-grade marijuana grow operation busted in Thompson

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Connecticut State Police said they busted a marijuana grow operation at a home in Thompson Tuesday night. Connecticut State Police said they busted a marijuana grow operation at a home in Thompson Tuesday night.
THOMPSON, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State Police said they busted a marijuana grow operation at a home in Thompson Tuesday night.

Just before 10:30 a.m., officials with Connecticut State Police Troop-D Quality of Life Task Force, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force-East Office, the DEA Connecticut Field Office and Troopers assigned to the Troop D Danielson barracks served two search warrants at 20 Leo Circle.

State police said the warrants were applied for and granted after a lengthy investigation into a possible marijuana grow operation inside the home.

When they were able to enter the residence, state police said they located a hidden retractable door that led to the second floor of the home. When searching a locked room on that floor, state police said they found an elaborate temperature and oxygen controlled grow room that house around 25 high grade marijuana plants.

The operation consisted of high capacity lights, ballasts and a watering and ventilating system.

A further search uncovered 3.5 pounds of pot packaged and ready for sale, two firearms, scales and packaging equipment.

In addition, $3,479 was seized as well as a 2004 Dodge Ram and two Harley Davidson motorcycles.

As a result of the discoveries, state police arrested Bernard Chausse, 43, and is now facing a slew of charges including:

  • Possession of marijuana over 1 kilogram
  • Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
  • Cultivation of marijuana
  • Operating a drug factory

He was brought back to Troop D in Danielson where he was processed and held on $75,000 bond.

He's expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

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