POCASSET - During a five-month multi-jurisdictional illegal drug investigation, police have exposed a significant marijuana growing and processing operation housed in a Pocasset home. According to a Barnstable police release, Barnstable investigators, along with members of the Falmouth, Mashpee and Bourne Police Departments, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agency) have been investigating an on-Cape drug trafficking organization.
According to police, David Landry, a member of the illegal drug ring, was arrested in September for heroin trafficking and has been held at Barnstable County House of Correction on $150,000 bail since that time.
During the investigation, police linked Landry to 25-year-old Justin Groom of Pocasset and a suspected marijuana growing operation. On Monday, police obtained a search warrant for 8 Cheryl Lane.
Tuesday afternoon, the search warrant was executed. The only furniture in the 3,000 square foot home was a bed and a couch, according to police. An upstairs bedroom contained "clones"--plants used to perpetuate the growing cycle. The living room was converted into a marijuana processing and packaging area, police said.
The 2-car garage contained what police referred to as a "sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana growing system". The garage contained 18 marijuana plants in the "flowering stage" in one bay and 14 marijuana plants in the "growth stage" in the other bay. The garage was equipped with power converters, high sodium lights and venting, watering and fertilization systems, police said.
According to police, this type of growing system is can yield tens of thousands of dollars in product every 8-12 weeks.
Inside the house, police found 6 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale and a half a pound being prepared for sale. Police also seized 48 ounces of hash oil, a Class C substance.
Digital scales, an accounting of sales and $5,500 in cash were also seized, from the home.
Police estimate the street value of the drugs at $35,000. The value of the growing equipment is estimated at $50,000.
Groom was placed under arrest and transported to the Bourne Police Station where he was processed and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute and cultivation of marijuana. Groom was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Wednesday.
According to the Bourne Assessor's Database, 8 Cheryl Lane is owned by Lawrence J. Mayer Sr. of Cataumet. Cheryl Lane is a small cul-de-sac neighborhood off County Road.
(Above: Justin Groom was arrested Tuesday and charged with cultivating marijuana and other charges. Barnstable Police Department booking photo.)
(Evidence, including processed marijuana, hash oil and cash, seized during the drug raid at 8 Cheryl Lane in Pocasset. Barnstable Police Department photo.)