Acting on a confidential tip, Barrington police raided a home on Middle Highway last Thursday morning, Sept. 27, and seized two marijuana plants growing in the back yard.
No charges were filed against the homeowner as of mid-day Monday, Oct. 1, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. Detectives continue their investigation.
The homeowner could have been growing the marijuana for medicinal purposes, the police chief said. But the state’s privacy protection act prevents that information from being revealed until formal charges are filed.
The plants, 7-feet and 8-feet tall, were spotted first by the tipster, said LaCross. Police attempted to identify the plants first by looking through a fence.
Detective Benjamin Ferreira and patrol officer Mark Haddigan got a search warrant to enter the back yard, LaCross said. They found the two plants growing in pots, and seized them.
The officers initially smelled an odor of marijuana in the back yard, the police chief said.
The home is owned by a 53-year-old male, LaCross said. His identify will not be revealed unless he is formally charged.