Two arrested in marijuana growing operation

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December 12, 2011, 6:11 pm
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(NECN: Brendan Monahan) - “We've had drug cases. They are all over the country and all over the world. It's a money driven operation.”

It’s an operation of the past for one Douglas, Mass. couple. Police arrested 62-year-old Anthony Toloczko and his wife, 57-year-old Deborah Toloczko last week for allegedly growing a massive marijuana farm.

“For a community of our size this is one of the largest seizures in my time.”

Douglas Police Chief Patrick Foley says over 120 pot plants that stood two to three feet tall were part of an intricate operation in the couple’s home. Police seized 50 pounds of marijuana.

“This was very sophisticated operation. On the second floor were heating systems, timers, and ventilators.”

But that's not all.

Police also found dozens of improperly stored guns. Anthony previously had a license to carry.

“They were placed all over the house. So when you walked into the kitchen, there might have been a gun on the chair. In the living room, there might have been a rifle there or a shotgun there. They were not secured."

State police detonated three improvised explosive devices found on the property as well.

Anthony is being held on $500,000 bail and his wife is being held on $250,000.  

The Toloczkos' neighbors say they never noticed anything suspicious.

Twelve-year resident Jean Basiner says she's afraid drug trade could have decorated her neighborhood.

“I walk a lot and I walk alone and sometimes it's at dusk and I'm not going to go down that route and I'm not sure where I'll go.”

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