Fremont police make major pot bust
FREMONT — Police made what could be their largest pot bust yet early Thursday morning when they seized approximately 230 live marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $500,000.
Authorities moved quickly to snatch the plants from property on Scribner Road in the early morning hours after receiving information from Raymond police about a “substantial” marijuana growing operation, Fremont police Sgt. Jason Larochelle said.
Law enforcement personnel from Fremont and other agencies executed a search warrant on the property and found the plants, Larochelle said.
Authorities also searched a shed on the property and discovered a significant amount of dried marijuana that was ready for sale, Larochelle said. The marijuana was hidden behind bales of hay.
A search of a camper on the property where the suspect was living also uncovered a small amount of marijuana and approximately $2,000 in cash.
Larochelle said the case remains under investigation and that charges are pending as police work closely with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.
“This is the most significant drug investigation I’ve been involved with in my 18 years in law enforcement,” he said.
The bust came shortly after police learned about the alleged operation.
“This developed very rapidly and because of the amount we were dealing with we needed to get the crop harvested and taken into evidence,” Larochelle said.
The plants were removed and piled up inside a large police trailer along with several boxes containing the dried marijuana that was ready for sale, he said.
The plants were growing in a field on the 24-acre piece of property and were not visible from Scribner Road.
Fremont police were assisted by the DEA, the State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department.