Charles Ryan denies charges connected to alleged home-based marijuana growing operation at his Worthington home

Friday, April 18, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — A tip to police led to the discovery of an alleged marijuana-growing operation at a Worthington home and — after a nearly 10-month wait for test results on the drugs that were seized — the homeowner denied charges this week.

Charles T. Ryan, 31, of 43 Thayer Hill Road pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Northampton District Court to charges of possession of a Class D drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute, distribution of a Class D drug (marijuana) and possession of a Class C drug (hashish).

Ryan was released on his own recognizance by Judge W. Michael Goggins.

According to state police, an informant alerted them to a suspected marijuana-growing operation at Ryan’s home last May. State troopers assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s anti-crime task force and the state police narcotics unit searched Ryan’s home May 16, 2013.

According to police and court records, 118 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were found along with 25 mason jars containing marijuana and a glass jar containing chunks of hashish, a resin made from the sap of cannabis plants, which is considered a Class C narcotic.

Police also found grow lights, an electronic scale and other cultivation equipment, according to court files.

Ryan was not home when police searched his residence, according to court records.

Test results on the material seized in the search were released on March 6, and revealed there were 756 grams of marijuana seized and 8.89 grams of hashish, according to court files.

Ryan is due back in court June 19.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.