Police Find Marijuana Grow Operation During Raid

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:23 AM EDT
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Police Find Marijuana Grow Operation During Raid

Branford Police

William Cooper is accused of running a marijuana growing operation in his Branford home.

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Authorities have arrested a Branford man after finding marijuana growing at his home, as well as steroids, guns and a dummy grenade.

On Aug. 30, Branford police detectives and agents from the New Haven Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Task Force raided William Cooper’s home at 131 Leetes Island Road and found an elaborate marijuana growing operation, police said.

“During that search, our search teams found marijuana, steroids, rifles, ammunition, inert hand grenades, and an elaborate system for the cultivation of marijuana.” Detective Lieutenant Arthur Kohloff said.

On Monday, Cooper, 38, turned himself in to police and was charged with  possession of marijuana greater than four ounces, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivating of more than one kilo of marijuana, operating a drug factory and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Cooper posted a $25,500 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Court on Oct. 1.
 

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