West Lebanon indoor marijuana grow op busted
Police arrest four suspects from White River Junction and Lebanon
WEST LEBANON, NH - Four people were arrested and a house where marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms were being grown was searched by Lebanon Police on Friday.
The investigation began with a report of possible drug activity on Maple Street, which runs parallel to Main Street behind the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, and that led detectives to an apartment building where they ended up arresting Tommy Vaillancourt, 24, of White River Junction.
Police said Vaillancourt was found with approximately a thousand dollars in cash and "an amount of marijuana that was indicative of possession with intent to distribute," which is a Class B Felony in New Hampshire. Vaillancourt was eventually released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
At the apartment, police also arrested Kayla Bothwell, 26, on an outstanding bench warrant before charging her with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bothwell was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.
Detectives continued their investigation by successfully applying for a search warrant for a residence on the next street back, Mack Avenue, where they said they located the indoor operation growing marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms.
As a result of the search warrant, Anthony Hutchinson and Kevin Roach, both 28, were arrested and charged with Class B felony counts of cultivating and manufacturing marijuana. Hutchinson was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Roach was charged with an additional felony count of violating the controlled drug act. Both men were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
All four suspects are due to appear at the Lebanon District Court on April 17th to answer their charges.
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