Pot plants seized

Published 10:33 am Thursday, July 13, 2017

RICH SQUARE – What began as a task to check on the physical welfare of an individual led to the arrest of a Northampton County man for illegally growing marijuana.

Lt. AJ Thomas of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office reported that Richard William Pierce, 48, of Rich Square was arrested one week ago after pot plants were discovered growing inside a home he occupies on Dick Harmony Road.

Shown here are a few of the marijuana plants seized last week from a residence on Dick Harmony Road near Rich Square. | Contributed Photo

Pierce was arrested and taken before a Northampton County Magistrate where probable cause was found for possession with intent to manufacture marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

Pierce received a secured bond of $10,000. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Northampton County District Court today (Thursday).

Lt. Thomas said Pierce was previously convicted of felonious possession of drugs with the intent to distribute in the state of Massachusetts.

He added that on July 6, NCSO Sgt. Wallace Ransome responded to the residence in reference to a welfare check.

“The welfare check was not on Mr. Pierce, rather another individual inside of the home, a relative,” Thomas said.

While at the residence, Thomas stated that Ransome observed suspicious activity at which time he alerted members of the Down East Drug Task Force (DEDTF).

DEDTF personnel responded to the residence. They determined that Pierce was operating and manufacturing a marijuana grow house. Agents were able to seize 11 plants, ranging in height from one foot to approximately four and one-half feet, as well as marijuana paraphernalia.

Thomas said that Pierce gave written consent for the DEDTF agents to search the premises.

“The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to removing any and all illegal drugs in our county. I would like to thank Sergeant Ransom, the Northampton County Narcotics Division, and the Down East Drug Task Force for their work on this case,” stated Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith.

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