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Springfield Father & Son Accused of Running Marijuana Growing Operation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have arrested a father and son on charges that they ran a marijuana growing operation behind their home.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that over the last month, detectives have been conducting an investigation into a home at 95 Merida Street home, allegedly involving 74-year-old Ronald Oliverio and his son, 45-year-old Michael Oliverio.

During the course of the investigation, detectives reportedly saw car and pedestrian traffic going to and from that home, as well as marijuana growing in the backyard.

Around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, armed with a search warrant from district court, detectives conducted a raid on the home.

Delaney adds that when officers entered, they found Michael Oliverio allegedly holding a bag containing three large bags of marijuana and 160 of methadone pills.

A search of the home was also conducted, during which Delaney says 57 marijuana plants were found in the backyard, along with growing material, scales, packaging materials, and $7,989 in cash.

Ronald and Michael Oliverio are being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking in an opium-based narcotic, and cultivation of marijuana.

Arraignment for both men is scheduled for Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

Investigators will also be filing paperwork to seize the home because of the growing operation at that location, Delaney explains.

(Ronald Oliverio (L) and Michael Oliverio (R))

(Ronald Oliverio (L) and Michael Oliverio (R))

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police)

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  • alpinequeen

    Now this is an instance where a police drone could have spotted the marijuana hidden in between the tomato plants

  • Watc911

    Someone must be watching all the patron’s of the local bar that is cop owned…getting busted 1 by 1..

  • throughthegrapevine

    Its not just the fact that they were selling pot, apparently they were selling pills as well. The son doesn’t work ! He’s too busy selling pot and making money the illegal way. Losers! I also hear they have been getting their cable illegally for years. They did something with the wires. Neighbors should beware–they are probably paying for it!