Although law enforcement does a good job at keeping citizens safe, errors are always possible. If authorities make a mistake and someone is charged with a crime that they did not commit, it can have a serious negative impact on their life. Being arrested for drug charges is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If a person is convicted of drug charges in Massachusetts, they could face jail time as well as significant monetary fines.

Federal drug enforcement officers, as well as two local police departments, recently conducted a joint raid of two houses which were believed to be in violation of the law. In one of the homes, police stated that they found over 300 marijuana plants and a utility bill identifying the owner. Inside the other house, police allegedly found an extensive marijuana cultivation operation.

The basement of the home reportedly housing the plant operation contained drying devices that hung from the bedroom ceiling. Police uncovered more than 160 marijuana plants and copious amounts of the plant that was in the process of drying. Reportedly, there were also explosive mechanisms, an unsecured firearm, a substance suspected to be hashish and a large volume gun ammunition feeder. The approximate value of the entire raid’s contents, based on street value, was $500,000.

The three men who were arrested were all related in some fashion. All of the men have different pending drug charges including intent to distribute, possession and other firearm charges. The men have all pleaded not guilty to the allegations made against them. Until the men have been proven guilty with sufficient evidence in a Massachusetts court of law, they retain their innocence in the eyes of the law.

Source:, “Peabody family members charged in marijuana growing operation”, Cyrus Moulton, May 7, 2014