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HAMPTON FALLS — Police seized marijuana with a street value of $22,000 from the home of a Hampton Falls woman who was allegedly growing the pot plants in her yard, prepping them in her basement, and selling the product out of the house.
Along with 4.4 pounds of marijuana in 33 bags, police took a yellow legal pad marked “Accounts Payable,” with people’s names, quantities to be delivered and money owed, out of the Kensington Road home, according to the affidavit filed by Lt. Thomas Boynton.
Betsy M. Cory, 35, 142 Kensington Road, Hampton Falls, was arraigned in Hampton District Court on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on two felony charges: manufacture of a controlled drug and possession with intent to distribute. She entered no plea.
“She was growing it outside,” said Hampton Falls Police Chief Dirsa, “this being the harvest season for marijuana.”
Cory’s property is a single-family home with detached garage and barn, horse corral and a wooded area that leads to a large area of fields, according to Boynton’s statement filed with the court.
Dirsa said the marijuana was planted behind an area of bushes and trees. Most of the plants appeared to have been already harvested, he said. Police pulled up five plants, he said, and they appeared to have been pruned and had chicken wire around the bottom.
Judge Francis Frasier set bail at $100,000 cash, allowing for a reduction once an attorney enters the case as Cory was not represented by an attorney at the arraignment.
Cory asked Frasier if she needed to come up with $100,000 to get out of jail and he said yes.
She voiced concern over animals in her care. How many or the type of animals is unknown. For work, Cory cleans out stalls at a barn in North Hampton, according to information released during the arraignment.
Frasier said the N.H. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stratham would be contacted. Cory responded she had a friend who could care for the animals.
Police went to her house on Tuesday, Oct. 14, around 7 p.m., after getting a call from probation and parole officers who were making an unannounced inspection. Cory is on probation for possession of a controlled drug, at the felony level, according to Boynton.
While searching a freezer at the home, the probation officers found a large quantity of individually wrapped bags of marijuana, Boynton said. They found prescription medication in one bedroom, belonging to a person who did not live at the residence, and a large knife next to a bed in another room, he said in his statement.
The probation officers examined Cory’s cell phone and noted a person had contacted her and requested drugs to be picked up.
In the home’s basement, police found what Dirsa called a “prep” area: a bucket with what appeared to be marijuana, a workbench, scissors, pruning shears, a foot locker with several leaves and pot matter, a screen propped up to separate material, bone meal and wheat fertilizer.
Boynton said in his statement the department had received information in August from Hampton police that Cory was growing marijuana at her house. They had contacted the New Hampshire Drug Task Force, he said.
There is another occupant of the house, who was not home at the time of the initial investigation, Boynton said.
Cory is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. in Hampton District Court.
PORTSMOUTH HERALD
 
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