Two arrested at home converted into pot-growing operation in Belchertown

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2021 4:11:59 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Two Brooklyn, New York residents are in police custody on a series of drug-related charges after town police officers and firefighters Monday morning discovered an entire Belchertown home converted into a marijuana-growing operation.

With 800 marijuana plants, a growing apparatus and $2,500 in cash seized from the 24 West St. property after police obtained a search warrant, Can Hui Wu, 57, and Huoqiu Wu, 60, the only people present at the home, were arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession with intent to distribute a class D substance, according to police. 

The two people were held at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction on $25,000 cash bail prior to their arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Firefighters responded to the residence, located in the southern part of town near the Three Rivers village of Palmer, after smoke was observed pouring from its eaves at 7:52 a.m. But when they went inside the home, firefighters found no active fire, but instead smoke being produced and removed from the home via an elaborate exhaust system, according to Belchertown Police. 

Police Chief Christopher Pronovost said the search warrant allowed police to determine there were no furnishings or belongings in the home, only marijuana production.

“It was literally made into a growing facility,” Pronovost said of the single-family, ranch-style home. 

The property is owned by Yuk Sing Chan, who purchased it for $355,000 last summer, according to county land records. 

Also in the home, where both the main levels and basement level were being used for marijuana production, were hydroponic water systems and sophisticated lighting.

Firefighters noted that the presence of the lighting and other mechanical devices posed a high risk for danger. The home is also filled with mold throughout, police said. Pronovost said the case remains under investigation.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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