Marijuana Growing Operation in Manchester Results in Arrest, Police Say

Manchester resident Joseph Courtney was arrested after a narcotics task force conducted a search of his residence. Credit: Manchester Police Department
Manchester resident Joseph Courtney was arrested after a narcotics task force conducted a search of his residence. Credit: Manchester Police Department

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.
Lorea Gandiaga May 09, 2014 at 04:59 PM
This damn narcotic team catching all the growers in manchester lately, just leave people alone, damn its just marijuana its not like its hurting anyone, how about the cops catch all the shooters and rapists running around town lately.
Debra Larsen Ludlow May 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM
This story makes me very sad.
Beth Cutting Courtney May 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM
They found lamps in a boxin the corner of his attic which had been stored there for more than 3 years UNUSED! Less than 1/2 oz? They found old twigs! Our tax dollars at work.
Lisa Dugas May 10, 2014 at 06:43 PM
All this for a decriminalized amount of marijuana seems silly to me. `


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