A second grader's tale about helping a farmer grow "special medicine" plants has led to the bust of a major marijuana operation in his home.
Steven Mann, 54, and Leona Hunt, 25, of Windsor, Vermont, were both charged with marijuana cultivation, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, possession of a depressant or stimulant, and cruelty to a child following a drug bust at their home on Feb. 19, according to NBC Connecticut.
Police were led to the couple after Hunt's 8-year-old son told school officials and police about Hunt's boyfriend Mann. The boy said that Mann had a "green thumb," adding that he helped Mann grow "special medicine that could cure anything at all," according to an affidavit obtained by the Times Argus.
In the affidavit, Windsor police detective Jennifer Frank said the boy described what sounded like marijuana plants. The boy also reportedly said Mann was giving the plants to "anyone who needs the medicine."
When Frank arrived at the boy's home to investigate on Feb. 19, she reportedly smelled burnt marijuana in the apartment. According to court records, Mann said that Hunt had "just taken a hit when [officers] knocked."
Mann handed over a warm glass pipe that the couple had reportedly used for smoking marijuana in the room with the boy present.
After searching the apartment, officers discovered two rooms filled with marijuana plants next to the child's bedroom, one for starter plants and another for more mature plants.
A total of 50 plants worth about $75,000 were found in the apartment, according to NBC Connecticut. Police also seized nearly $700 in cash and drug paraphernalia from the home.
Mann admitted to selling the marijuana for $10 a joint when questioned by police, the Times Argus reported. He pleaded innocent to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants in a White Junction, Vermont, criminal court on Feb. 22 and has been released on $10,000 bond.
The man, who does not have a prior criminal record, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charge.
The Department of Children and Families has removed the boy from the home, according to NBC Connecticut.