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Boy's story about 'special medicine' leads police to marijuana plants

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 29, 2016 at 2:41 PM

WINDSOR, Vt., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Vermont said an 8-year-old's story of helping his mother's boyfriend grow "special medicine" led to the discovery of dozens of marijuana plants.

Windsor Police Det. Jennifer Frank wrote in an affidavit quoted by The Barr Montpelier Times-Argus that the second-grade student told school officials and police that he helped his mother's boyfriend grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all."

The boy told the officials that the house was frequented by visitors he described as "anyone who needs the medicine."

Police visited the boy's Windsor home and arrested Steven Mann, 54, the boyfriend of the boy's mother, Leona Hunt.

Investigators said there were two grow rooms next to the boy's bedroom in the apartment containing a total of up to 50 plants.

Mann allegedly admitted to selling the marijuana to customers in Vermont and New Hampshire. He allegedly told police he gave free marijuana to an elderly customer.

Mann pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants.

Police said charges are expected to be filed against Hunt in the case.

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