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.