Cohasset: Police uncover “guerrilla” pot grow

Over 500 marijuana plants were harvested Wednesday in Cohasset–but it wasn’t by the grower. It was a joint effort by Cohasset Police and the Department of Public Works, acting on a tip.

Deputy Police Chief William Quigley says they used GPS technology Wednesday to find five separate grow sites near the town’s reservoir, in the vicinity of Beechwood Street.

Police say this technique is called “guerrilla farming”: cultivating marijuana away from the grower’s own property–usually on public land–so it’s not traceable to the grower.

Quigley says have gathered physical evidence which will help identify suspects in the ongoing investigation.

The approximately 530 plants were between one and eight weeks old; each plant, when mature, yields around one pound of marijuana.

Police estimated the street value of this kind of marijuana is between $1,800 and $2,500 a pound.

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