NORTH CANAAN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Dozens of pot plants, some taller than the average professional basketball player, were found growing in and around a North Canaan home.
State Police made the discovery on Highland Lane while responding to an unrelated complaint.
"They took care of their garden, I guess rather too well haha, but they are very nice, gentle people, kind, helpful," said neighbor Nick Collin.
State Police say they uprooted more than 100 plants, some 8 feet tall, from the residence and a nearby property off Highland Lane.
"It came as a bit of a shock," Collin said.
State Police say a neighbor called them, saying Edward Fuller had sent him a threatening text message, but then the neighbor dropped another bomb, saying Fuller was growing marijuana.
"It totally came as a surprise," said Anne Collin. "I like them and I still like them, they're terrific people."
Collin says she loves her neighbors, 47-year-old Fuller and his long-time girlfriend 41- year-old Ronanne Forcier.
Police arrested them and they're charged with cultivation and possession to distribute.
"I feel sad, because they're nice people," Nick Collin said. "I guess there are different ways in making a living in these hard times."
Forcier tells News 8 she and Fuller only grew some of the plants, but never sold any. She says many people grew pot in the wooded property behind their home and they had enough for their own baked goods. She says Fuller used it for medical purposes.
Both were processed and released on $5,000 bonds. They are scheduled for arraignment on August 20th.
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