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Parents, Son, Daughter Among Those Arrested in Drug Lab Bust in Westford, Mass.

The bust at 2 Mountain View Lane followed months of DEA investigation

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    Six people - including a mother, father and their two children - were arrested in a bust at a clandestine drug lab in an $800,000 home in Westford, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning. (Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016)

    Six people - including a mother, a father and their two children - were arrested in a bust at a clandestine drug lab in an $800,000 home in Westford, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

    The bust at 2 Mountain View Lane followed months of Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. The 3,800-square-foot home is located in an upscale neighborhood and is assessed at $778,300.

    Bradley Heath Jr., 22, is accused of running a drug lab out of the basement of his parents' sprawling home.

    Heath; his sister, 28-year-old Linley Heath; their father, 63-year-old Bradley Heath Sr. and their mother, Diana Heath, all of 2 Mountain View Lane, were arrested.

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    Lindsey Holston, the 20-year-old girlfriend of Bradley Heath Jr., and his friend, 22-year-old Prachi Joglekar, were also arrested.

    The family's attorney told necn that this was a big misunderstanding.

    "The mom, dad and the daughter had nothing to do with it. There's absolutely no evidence," said Jeff Higgins.

    Higgins says Bradley Heath Jr. has a prescription for medical marijuana, and that his parents had no idea this was happening inside the home.

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    Westford Police said they found marijuana, ovens, devices and hash oils in the basement of the home.

    "Upon entering the house Officers found it obvious from the smell there was a cooking lab in the house," Westford Police Capt. Victor Neal said. "A search of the house revealed an active clandestine lab with Butane Honey oil/Hashish oil located in the basement."

    Because of the dangerous nature of the lab, hazmat crews and a Massachusetts State Police bomb squad were called in to secure the area to make it safe to collect evidence.

    What was found, authorities say, was valued at more than $30,000.

    The investigation remains underway and police said additional arrests may be made.

    Hash oil explosions and fires have been a growing concern in New England in recent years. According to the DEA, there were 10 suspected hash oil incidents in New England last year - a nine-fold increase from 2014.

    A renter's home cook operation was blamed for a blast that sent three people to the hospital and destroyed a historic home in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, in 2014. In Rhode Island, one man died and another was severely burned in South Kingstown last year. And a 5-alarm fire in a clandestine lab swallowed a warehouse in Providence.


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