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Routine call leads to large marijuana operation bust


AUBURN — A routine call at an Auburn home led to police breaking up a what they termed a ‘significant’ marijuana growth operation.

Detective Sgt. Chip Chabot said he arrived at the home of 44-year-old Kenneth Harnum on an unrelated matter last Saturday and ascertained probable cause to collect a search warrant for the property.

Chabot requested the assistance of Candia police and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office to help execute the search and set a perimeter around the home.

“Going in, you never really know what you’re going to run into, so it’s better to have backup and not have to use it then not have backup and need it,” he said.

The search of Harnum’s home, which is listed as 159 Appletree Road, revealed dozens of marijuana plants.

“There were a significant number of plants,” said Chabot. “For Auburn, it was a pretty good sized grow operation.”

Police also found grow lights, chemicals, fertilizer, nutrients and other materials and equipment which are used to cultivate marijuana.

Harnum was arrested on charges of manufacturing and possessing a controlled drug.

Harnum was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned at 10th Circuit Court in Candia on Aug. 13.

roconnor@newstote.com

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