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State Police Make $1 Million Pot Growing Bust

By Nick Caito
The Hartford Courant
August 10, 2010

State police said they busted a major marijuana growing operation in eastern Connecticut, and confiscated plants worth more than a million dollars.

The alleged grow operation was discovered Monday during a surveillance flight conducted by the state police statewide narcotic task force and the Massachusetts Air National Guard. State police said several marijuana plants were spotted on the property at 41 Raymond School House Road in Canterbury.

When the task force investigated, it found a barn, greenhouse and house that were converted for use in a growing operation, police said.

State police said they confiscated 1,102 marijuana plants, $1,600 in cash and equipment used for drug cultivation. Troopers estimate the street value of the plants at $1.1 million.

Charges were: Richard Houghtaling, 47, of 32 Fleetwood Drive in Danbury; William Eichin, 41, of 183 Crestwood Drive in Naugatuck; Thomas Phravixay, 40, of 41 Raymond Schoolhouse Road; and Sisouk Phravixay, 56, of 4811 162nd Ave., Clearwater, Fla.

Each was charged with possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, operating a drug factory, cultivation of marijuana with intent to sell, and conspiracy. They are scheduled to to appear in Superior Court in Danielson today.

State police said their investigation into the growing operation is continuing.


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