Milford Police Bust Outdoor Marijuana Site, Seize about 11 Pounds

The bust began with a stop of a man on an ATV for trespassing on property off Cedar Street.

Eleven mature marijuana plants were seized from a hillside, just over the Hopkinton line. Credit: Milford Police
Eleven mature marijuana plants were seized from a hillside, just over the Hopkinton line. Credit: Milford Police
Milford Police have busted a sizable marijuana grow site, located on a hillside in a remote area off Haven Street, after an investigation that began last week when an officer stopped a man on an ATV at the police firing range.

The marijuana plants, being grown near Echo Lake, were located Friday by a National Guard helicopter in just 20 minutes.

The 11 mature plants ranged in height from 5 to 6 feet and netted some 11 pounds of the buds, which would produce a high-quality marijuana worth at least $25,000, said Milford Patrol Officer Robert Pavia.

The investigation began Wednesday afternoon, when Pavia stopped a 57-year-old man on an ATV, who was reportedly trespassing near the Milford Police outdoor firing range. The man acted nervous and agitated when Pavia got near a cooler on the back of the ATV, according to the officer's report.

After calling for backup, Pavia said he opened the cooler because he felt, based on the man's actions, "he may have something in the cooler that could cause harm to me." Inside, Pavia said he found several bags of marijuana and hashish, according to his report.

Pavia arrested Donald C. Temple, Jr., 57, of 11 MacArthur RD., Ashland, on misdemeanor charges of trespass with a motor vehicle, possession of a Class D drug and possession to distribute a Class D drug.

The investigation then turned to Temple's home in Ashland. Ashland and Milford police on Wednesday night, using a search warrant, recovered eight marijuana plants in his back yard, as well as $15,000 in cash, according to the report. The decision to get a search warrant was fueled when Ashland Police arrived at the house, and could see several marijuana plant growing "in plain view," according to Pavia's report.

At the Ashland home, police recovered about $20,000 in plant materials, as well as drug paraphernalia. In the house, Pavia said, police found several motorcycle batteries that were on chargers, which led police to believe that some kind of outdoor grow operation was involved, one that would involve generators for water pumps or lighting.

Milford Police, who had been searching for the man's pickup truck, located it on Haven Street, near the area of the power lines. An officer interviewed some neighbors, who said the man had been coming back and forth to the street about once a day for some time, then entering the undeveloped area with an ATV for several hours. The pickup, a Ford F-250, was seized.

Police by that point had contacted the U.S. National Guard, which has a "cannabis eradication" unit. On Friday morning, a helicopter swept over the woods and rocky areas between Route 85 and Haven Street, and located the marijuana site within 20 minutes, Pavia said.

The site yielded 11 mature marijuana plants, and was located just over the line into Hopkinton, a few hundred yards into the woods from Haven Street, and a few hundred yards from Echo Lake.

Milford Police are continuing to investigate, Pavia said, and additional charges are expected to be filed that will reflect the extent of the marijuana seized from the area off Haven Street.
Milford Senior Man September 16, 2013 at 05:29 PM
This is bad. A hard working farmer being hassled by the law. He's just trying to make a living. Gees
Shadow 24 September 16, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Looks like this operation went up in smoke.... or has it gone to pot?
Mark Cain September 16, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Sounds like it all started with an illegal search of his cooler.
abc123 September 16, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Actually Mark, sounds like he was already under arrest for trespassing.... at the police gun range!! LOL
Mark Cain September 16, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Can you search a vehicle because of trespassing?
abc123 September 16, 2013 at 08:29 PM
hmmm, not sure, i'll watch cops tonight and get back to you! I figured you knew since it sounds like you went to law school with all of this talk of illegal searches :)
Milford Senior Man September 16, 2013 at 08:44 PM
After further thought I've come to the conclusion this cannabis crop was intended for strictly medicinal purposes and not to get buzzed.
Tom Foley September 16, 2013 at 09:32 PM
He was growing this stuff using water from the MWC's Echo Lake! Nothing medicinal about that.
Marty September 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Couldn't have been MWC water - it wouldn't have made 7 days past germination. There is however something interesting growing in my faucet, so maybe it's safe to drink?.
Gun Rights September 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Obviously this is just a misunderstanding. Its simply for personal use, hes just trying to gather enough so that he can enjoy retirement without working as a farmer! Poor guy.
UglyHat September 17, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Well, at least the underground economy is growing.


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