Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Charge Man in Connection with Marijuana Grow Operation
STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre announces that a repeat drug offender recently turned himself into Woburn District Court and has been charged with running with a sophisticated marijuana grow operation out of a Stoneham apartment building, which caught fire in June.
After a hearing before a Clerk Magistrate, JASON D’ANNA Jr., AGE 35, OF BARRINGTON, R.I. has been charged with Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute (subsequent offense) and Distribution of a Class D Substance (subsequent offense). Both are misdemeanors.
The Stoneham Fire Department responded to 10 Hersam St. shortly before 7 a.m. on June 11 for a building fire in the second floor apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished, and firefighters immediately realized that the contents of the apartment were unlike any they had encountered before. Investigators found a complex and sophisticated marijuana grow operation, which included heat lamps and an irrigation system. More than 400 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, were removed as evidence.
After otaining a search warrant, Stoneham Police detectives, assisted by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, found ledgers, detailing drug transactions, as well as a vacuum sealer machine and plastic bags for packaging marijuana. There were also several jars of marijuana buds in the apartment and inside the refrigerator.
Police believe that D’ANNA was a tenant but did not live in the Stoneham apartment. The building is owned by one of his relatives.
The two misdemeanors are the maximum charges that law enforcement can levy upon D’ANNA. If convicted, he faces up to 2.5 years in prison for each charge.
D’ANNA will be arraigned on Friday, July 18 in Woburn District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.