A 25-year-old Manchester man was arrested Thursday, May 8, after the East Central Narcotics Task Force conducted a search of his Maple Street home.
The Manchester Police Area Representative Unit, or PAR, received information from a confidential source on a marijuana growing operation housed in the attic of 39 Maple St.
A search warrant was executed and further investigation revealed that resident Joseph Courtney was currently on parole.
A home compliance inspection was conducted and that’s when Hartford Parole officers and the PAR officers reportedly found marijuana growing equipment and drug paraphernalia in the residence, according to a press release from Manchester Police Sergeant Rick Grimaldi, East Central Narcotics Supervisor.
Officers seized the following evidence:
- Marijuana packaging material and smoking paraphernalia
- Dried marijuana stalks
- Indoor marijuana growing equipment
- $3,541 in cash
- Several cell phones
Courtney was remanded to custody by Hartford Parole as a result of violating his parole agreement. East Central narcotics will be applying for an arrest warrant charging Courtney with the following violations of the Connecticut General Statues:
- Cultivation of Marijuana
- Operating a Drug Factory
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia within 1500’ of a school
- Possession of less than ½ oz. of Marijuana
The East Central Narcotics Taskforce, in cooperation with other municipal and federal law enforcement agencies, is interested in stopping illegal narcotics sales and use in the Manchester, South Windsor, Vernon and Glastonbury communities.
Anyone with information pertaining to any illicit drug activity is asked to contact the East Central Narcotics Task Force at 860-645-5548. All calls will remain confidential.