Sep 4, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Police say YouTube videos led them to alleged pot grower
Kyle Thomas Berry, 40, of 515 Bunker Hill Road was arraigned Wednesday morning in 10th Circuit Court in Auburn for having about 16 marijuana plants at his home. The street value of the plants was estimated at $16,000, deputies said.
Investigators built their case around the 35 YouTube videos in which Berry allegedly narrates the various stages of his grow operation from the basement of his Auburn home.
► Click here to view the videos.
"He was showing off some of his handiwork," Maj. Al Brackett said.
But the video's narrator wasn't just talking about grow cycles, preferred soils and the variety of plants sprouting up under heat lamps and fans.
One video entry titled "Merry Christmas" shows an outdoor campfire in which he wishes everyone happy holidays. Berry also allegedly mentions plans for a "potential summertime grow" on his 7 1/2-acre wooded lot.
In another video, Berry brags about how his U.K.-based seed supplier, Herbies Seeds, "packages things stealthily to avoid detection" by mislabeling the contents, according to Deputy Sgt. Jay Murphy.
"As you can see, it's very secretly stealth," Berry allegedly says on the Oct. 17 video. "They have it down as a video game. Awesome, right?"
But the video also shows the package has Berry's name on it, followed by the narrator opening it to reveal packages of marijuana seeds inside.
A confidential source first tipped off sheriff's detectives about Berry posting his videos under the username "beginnergrowerktb1."
"It appears that Berry is careful not to show his face, but does nothing to disguise his voice," Murphy said in a sworn affidavit about the videos.
Deputies began collecting information about Berry on Dec. 20, including his home address, a booking photo from a November 2010 jail stint and a driver's license photo.
And they kept watching more YouTube videos, Murphy said.
"In a video dated 10/26/12, you can see Berry's face reflecting off the wall as he explains the feeding schedule and chemicals he uses," Murphy said in the affidavit. "Using that video, I have identified Berry by comparing the license photo and jail booking photo I recently received."
Berry was charged Tuesday with illegal manufacture of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Deputies executed a search warrant at Berry's home finding the marijuana plants, a pound of loose marijuana and a variety of unknown chemicals that are being tested by the state, court records say.
Investigators with the state forensic laboratory and the Drug Enforcement Administration's Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team assisted with the search, Brackett said.
During an interview with investigators, Berry admitted to buying his grow equipment at a store in Manchester and ordering marijuana seeds from Herbies Seeds in the United Kingdom, Murphy said in the affidavit. Berry told investigators he had been growing marijuana for about eight months.
He is being held at the Rockingham County jail on $7,500 cash bail.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Gunman hits Circle K convenience store in Durham - 0
- Nashua man charged in domestic knife threat - 0
- Manchester man detained on Nashua rape charges involving child - 0
- Pair accused in Hampstead home invasion also face witness tampering charges - 0
- Widow of chiropractor killed this summer says fatal shooting was no accident - 2
- Alleged accomplice in brutal Bedford home invasion, attack on doctor and wife, says his testimony was coerced - 0
- Man claims rights were violated during investigation - 0
- DWI license revocations - 0
- Salem man arrested for alleged bathroom videotaping - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- UPS driver charged in hit-and-run at Merrimack business - 0
- Bella, a chihuahua mix, is still missing in Auburn - 0
- Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital; Taliban claims responsibility - 0
- City officials to review proposed 'spice' ban - 0
- Manchester's Delana Curtis is left out in the cold - 0
- Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable - 25
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Brady a realist - 0
- Burning rubber: And public dollars - 0
- Obama to announce ramped-up efforts to beat Ebola - 0
DWI license revocations
Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine
Attorney claims illegal phone seizure following Christmas Eve accident that killed Brookline mom
Win tickets to see Kip Moore
Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable
Seabrook mom pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to attempted murder of her two children
Alleged accomplice in brutal Bedford home invasion, attack on doctor and wife, says his testimony was coerced
Man accused of raping 13-year old in Nashua
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917