Man, woman, arrested in Greenfield marijuana growing operation
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A man and a woman were arrested after police responding to a report of a home invasion found a marijuana growing operation in a Greenfield home.
Joshua Clary and Elizabeth Benson, both 34, were taken to the Allegheny County Jail tonight after police said they found the drug in Mr. Clary's home and in Ms. Benson's truck.
Sergeant Brian Elledge of Zone 4 said someone called 911 to report a home invasion at 725 Graphic Street at around 5 p.m.
Officers went in with their guns up and found Mr. Clary holding a firearm, Officer Frank Rosato said. He said Mr. Clary dropped his weapon on command and told officers he had been smoking for most of the day.
He was apprehended inside the home, where police also found three large plastic storage bins full of marijuana, in addition to baggies full of the drug. They also found marijuana plants, lights and a humidifier in one room and pills they suspect are illegal drugs.
Police found eight to nine pounds of marijuana, much of it in the basement, Officer Rosato said. The marijuana is worth an estimated $8,000 on the street.
Around that time, Mr. Clary's girlfriend, Ms. Benson, pulled up at the home in a Ford F-150 pickup truck, her 5-year-old son sitting in a passenger sear. Officer Rosato said officers thought they smelled marijuana and found close to $100 worth of the drug in her car.
Mr. Clary has been charged with aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of instruments of a crime and drug manufacturing. Ms. Benson will be charged with possession of marijuana, and other charges may be included.
First Published October 8, 2012 8:24 pm