Bridgeport police made a large drug bust over the weekend and seized dozens of marijuana plants, along with anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and Zanax.
When the Bridgeport Police Tactical Narcotics Team raided 30 Aldine Avenue in Bridgeport on Saturday, they found an elaborate marijuana growing center in the basement, including indoor grow tents with high-intensity grow lamps, agricultural supplies and a mechanical irrigation and exhaust system, police said.
The target of the investigation, Jack E. Kelhoffer, 30, was home when police arrived, but he kept refusing to answer the door, according to police.
When police got into the home, they found a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun on a table. They also found 85 marijuana plants, separated by maturity; more than 500 grams of harvested marijuana; 23 bottles of anabolic steroids; 250 tablets of human grown hormone and 34 tablets of Zanax, according to police.
Two safes were found in the basement and Kelhoffer would not provide the combination to one of the safes, so the narcotic team called the Bridgeport Fire Department to force it open, police said.
Inside the two safes, police said they found 21 hand guns and rifles and thousands of rounds assorted ammunition.
Kelhoffer was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 4 ounces, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, failure to keep narcotics in original container and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.