Man Accused of a Secret Marijuana Factory

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 7:22 AM EDT
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Inside 20 Leo Circle in Thompson, police said they found a hidden grow room.

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State police have arrested a 43-year-old Thompson man accused of running a hidden and elaborate marijuana grow house, according to state police.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, after a lengthy investigation, state police, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force-East Office and DEA officers went to 20 Leo Circle in Thompson, the home of Bernard Chausse, 43, with search warrants, according to state police.

In the detached garage, investigators found a hidden retractable door led to a locked temperature- and oxygen-controlled grow room on the second floor that held around 25 high-grade marijuana plants, according to state police.

Police also found several high-capacity lights, ballasts and a watering and ventilation system. 

Inside the home, police also found around 3.5 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, two guns, scales, packaging equipment, around $3,479 in cash, a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup and two Harley Davidson motorcycles, police said. 

Chausse was charged with possession of more than 1 kilogram of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana and operating a drug factory.

He was processed and held on a $75,000 cash/surety bond and is scheduled to appear at GA 11 on Wednesday.
 

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