Two Charged With Growing Marijuana

Both residents have prior arrest records.

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    Paul Bato and Amanda Macey are accused of growing marijuana at their Manchester home.

    A drug task force has arrested two people accused of growing marijuana at a Manchester house.

    The East Central Narcotics Task Force searched 536 Birch Mountain Road on Thursday and seized around 4.5 pounds of marijuana, marijuana growing equipment and other drug paraphernalia, police said.

    Officers arrested two residents, Paul Bato, 46, and Amanda Macey, 28. 

    According to police, Bato has a long criminal history in Connecticut and cases are pending on manslaughter and first-degree harassment charges.

    Bato is accused of hitting a bicyclist, 56-year-old William Laramie, with his car. Laramie. a musician who lived in East Hartford, died after the crash.

    Manchester police arrested Macey on Nov. 22 and charged her with second-degree threatening, breach of peace, carrying a dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment. She is due in court on Dec. 19 regarding those charges.
     
    Bato and Macey were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of more than 4oz of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory.

    Bato’s bond was set at $200,000 surety and bond for Macey was set at $5,000.