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A Sil­li­man Street man was charged with op­er­at­ing a drug fac­tory after some­one tipped off po­lice to mar­i­juana plants grow­ing in his back­yard.

Dou­glas Mer­cu­rio, 67, turned him­self in at po­lice head­quar­ters on Oct. 27 on the ar­rest war­rant, which po­lice se­cured after a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on Sept. 21.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, they re­ceived a tip Mer­cu­rio was grow­ing pot in his back­yard and that there was a strong mar­i­juana odor com­ing from the yard. Of­fi­cers went to the ad­dress and said they could see the plants in plain view, and got the search war­rant, po­lice said.

The search yielded 40 mar­i­juana plants grow­ing out­side, 15 pounds of pro­cessed pot, seeds, scales, pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als, cannabis oil, va­p­ing pens and $ 20,567 in cash, po­lice said. In a desk, po­lice said, they found oxy­codone and a large amount of cash. The oxy­codone was from a valid pre­scrip­tion be­long­ing to Mer­cu­rio’s girl­friend.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Mer­cu­rio said he only grew the pot for his sick girl­friend and only sold about one ounce a week to friends. Some of the money found with the oxy­codone came from drug sales, po­lice said Mer­cu­rio told them. He was charged with il­le­gal cul­ti­va­tion of mar­i­juana, sale of a hal­lu­cino­gen, op­er­a­tion of a drug fac­tory and pos­ses­sion of nar­cotics with in­tent to sell.

Mer­cu­rio was re­leased after post­ing $ 50,000 bond and is sched­uled to ap­pear in state Su­pe­rior Court in Bridge­port on Nov. 9.

— greilly@ ct­post. com

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