Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Investigating Apparent Marijuana Growing Operation Found After House Fire
One Firefighter Injured Battling Fire
STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre reports that police and firefighters responding to a building fire early this morning discovered what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation in an apartment in town.
Stoneham Police received a call at 6:58 a.m. Wednesday for a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 10 Hersham St. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly located and knocked down the fire. One firefighter sustained minor injuries.
After the fire was extinguished, crews observed what appeared to be marijuana plants throughout the apartment. Stoneham Police detectives were called to the scene, and an initial investigation indicates that a sizable marijuana plant growing operation was taking place in the apartment. As a result, Stoneham Police department as called in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Lab Team to aid in the investigation.
“This was a potentially dangerous situation, and our detectives will now conduct a thorough investigation,” Chief McIntyre said. “We will not tolerate the proliferation of illegal drugs in our community.”
No one was home when firefighters arrived this morning.
The investigation is in its early stages, and detectives are still determining an exact quantity of marijuana. There is no word on a cause of the fire at this time.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Stoneham Police department, the Stoneham Fire Investigation Unit, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Lab Team.