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Couple accused of sophisticated marijuana operation lead police to list of clients

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

February 15. 2018 8:18PM
Joseph and Kimberly Gardner of Merrimack are accused of growing marijuana in their home. (COURTESY)



NASHUA - A husband and wife accused of operating a sophisticated marijuana growing operation inside of their Merrimack home also led police to documents highlighting alleged drug sales.

Joseph Gardner, 38, and Kimberly Gardner, 39, both of 28 Peter Road in Merrimack, were recently arrested and charges with several offenses related to the manufacturing of marijuana at their residence.

The couple was set to appear at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, but waived their arraignments earlier this month. They have entered pleas of not guilty, and bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance for each of them.

According to newly filed court documents, Merrimack police received a tip last summer that residents at 28 Peter Road were allegedly involved in "a large-scale growing operation for approximately three years."

A police affidavit filed by Sgt. Sean Cassell of the Merrimack Police Department states that authorities, including representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hillsborough County Street Crime Task Force, obtained a search warrant and recently seized evidence at the home.

"A sophisticated marijuana grow, which occupied two rooms, was found in the basement," Cassell said in court records. "There were approximately 15 plants in the early stages of growth."

The grow rooms had specialized lighting, watering and ventilation systems, and various amounts of marijuana were found dispersed throughout the residence, according to the police affidavit.

Individual baggies filled with marijuana were discovered in the living room and the freezer, according to court documents.

"Ledgers recovered during the search indicate that a last grow was likely started on Oct. 7, 2017, and had been harvested shortly before this search warrant," said Cassell. "Note cards were also recovered, which appear to document various amounts of marijuana sold to others, and paid to Joseph and Kimberly in return."

They were both arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled drug and being common nuisances.

According to court documents, they could each face up to seven years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Court records indicate that both of them are unemployed. They are now awaiting possible felony indictments that could be handed up in May, say court documents.

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