Brockton police bust biggest marijuana grow house in city’s history
It took just a sniff to bust what police are calling the biggest marijuana grow house in Brockton’s history.
Police were on the hunt for a shooting suspect last week when things began to smell terribly wrong outside 388 Centre St.
“Right when you walked into the driveway, you could just smell it, and you knew,” Sgt. George Khoury said Sunday night, as authorities seized nearly 500 marijuana plants, dehumidifiers, air conditioning units and hydroponics and irrigation systems from the home.
Police estimated the street value of the marijuana at more than a half million dollars.
Sunday’s marijuana bust was the largest incident of marijuana cultivation witnessed by Brockton authorities, he said.
“It’s not something we find every day in Brockton. The habitat is just not normal to have something like this,” Khoury said. “It’s something that we see in Arizona or California.”
Sunday night, a strong plant smell filled the air of the two-story Colonial. Marijuana plants filled trash bags strewn across the kitchen floor. In another room, white fluorescent grow lights hung from the ceiling over dozens of large plants.
The plants were found in nearly every room, along with large buckets of water and hydroponics equipment, Khoury said.
Police sniffed out the house when they were searching for suspects involved in a nearby shooting on Centre Street last week, he said.
Officer Rob Saquet followed a suspect back to the Centre Street home, where the suspect got into a car and then left, he said. As Saquet entered the driveway, he smelled “a strong odor of raw marijuana,” Khoury said.
The officer walked around the home. He noticed the windows were blackened out. Nobody answered the door.
Police obtained a search warrant after a police dog also got a whiff of the marijuana outside the home.
At around 5 p.m. Sunday, police went to the home, which was vacant, and waded through rooms of greenery.
The BCI unit of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department responded to take fingerprints off of the air conditioning units and filtration devices, Khoury said.
Police have at least three suspects, Khoury said. Police were searching for the homeowner Sunday night.
In “grow houses,” drug dealers typically leave the house vacant for days at a time to avoid detection, Khoury said.
In this case, a person had recently mowed the lawn outside of the Colonial, police said.
“Someone was here yesterday, we know that for a fact,” Khoury said. “(Growers) usually come down, they check things, they fertilize, do little things they have to, and they just get out of here.”
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