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Milford Beacon
  • 3 charged in Kent County marijuana grow operation

  • Three Kent County residents are facing drug charges after police reportedly found them growing marijuana in Viola and the Milford area.
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  • Three Kent County residents are facing drug charges after police reportedly found them growing marijuana in Viola and the Milford area.
    Following a several months long investigation into marijuana manufacturing, officers with the Kent County Drug Unit and Dover Police Department raided a home in the 100 block of Lynch Road, north of Milford, about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
    While searching the home, police found 16 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, totaling 700 grams, in an enclosed bedroom, as well as electronic manufacturing and indoor growing equipment and drug paraphernalia.
    George L. Porter, a 29-year-old Milford-area resident, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He later was released on an $8,500 unsecured bond.
    About 1 p.m. the same day, police conducted a second raid at a home in the 100 block of South Main Street in Viola, where they found more than 150 marijuana plants, totaling 8,100 grams, in various rooms and the attic. Electronic manufacturing and indoor growing equipment, as well as drug paraphernalia, also was seized, Fournier said.
    During the Viola raid, police arrested residents Christopher J. Thompson, 25, and Cornelio A. Vidro, 29.
    Each is charged with possession of marijuana in a Tier 5 quantity, manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy and drug paraphernalia.
    Thompson is being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $32,500 secured bond, while Vidro was released on a $42,500 unsecured bond, Fournier said.
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