Police uncover indoor marijuana operation

Southington Police seized over 100 pot plants, along with 6.5 pounds of marijuana ready for sale and $3,165 in cash on Mount Vernon Road.

Southington Police seized over 100 pot plants, along with 6.5 pounds of marijuana ready for sale and $3,165 in cash on Mount Vernon Road.

When police were called to investigate reports of an argument on Mount Vernon Road in mid-April, it sparked an investigation that resulted in a search and seizure investigation that resulted in the discovery of an indoor marijuana growing operation.

On April 12, Southington police found Matthew Dufresne acting irrationally and beating a third male inside the residence at 2164 Mount Vernon Road. When officers entered the residence, they found Dufresne beating a victim in the bathroom before he turned on the officers.

Matthew Dufresne

Matthew Dufresne

Police deployed tasers, pepper spray, a police baton, and a Police K-9 against Dufresne before they were able to handcuff him and take him into custody. Dufresne, the victim, and one police officer were injured in the incident.

Matthew Dufresne, 46, of Bristol was charged with second degree breach of peace, interfering with police, and two counts of assault on police, but that was just the start of the police investigation.

During the assault investigation, officers discovered a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation in the two residential homes on the property of 2164 Mount Vernon Road. Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) were notified, multiple search and seizure warrants were obtained, and numerous items of evidence were seized in connection with the indoor marijuana growing operation investigation.

Christian Kelly

Christian Kelly

Police discovered 104 marijuana plants in various states of growth, along with 6.5 pounds of marijuana that was ready for sale and $3,165 in cash. SIU detectives obtained arrest warrants and charged two individuals for being responsible for this criminal operation.

Matthew Dufresne, 36, of 220 Bayberry Drive in Bristol and Christian Kelly, 37, of 179 Divinity Street, 2nd floor, in Bristol, were each charged with cultivation of over one kilogram of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell over one kilogram, possession of over four ounces of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dufresne was held on a $125,000 bond, and was scheduled to appear in court on May 14. Kelley was held on a $150,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 26.

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