Quincy police arrested two people on Thursday after finding a large-scale marijuana growing operation at one of the couple’s Quincy homes.
According to police, detectives from the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office, who were helping a utility company turn off the service to a home at 228 Norfolk Street, called Quincy Drug detectives to report a large marijuana growing operation in the basement of the Quincy home.
The detective allegedly smelled raw marijuana upon entering the house in order to turn off the utilities, and upon further investigation, saw at least 30 potted marijuana plants growing amongst heat lamps.
Members of Quincy’s Drug Control unit arrived at the house while other detectives applied for a search warrant.
Detectives who were initially at the house told responding police that a man was putting down mulch outside the property when police initially arrived. When police entered the house, the man abruptly left.
The officer had taken note of the license plate for the car, a navy Honda Ridgeline, and police were asked to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
Quincy officers, along with members of the Drug Enforcement Agency, soon received a search warrant for the house at 2:56 p.m. and entered the building.
According to police, officers located 65 marijuana plants in the basement, 18 smaller plants of dried marijuana, along with space heaters, lamps, and other components of a drug growing operation.
While police were searching the home, a Quincy officer found the suspect’s car parked at a home on Adams Street.
Officers went to the address and knocked on the door. Two young boys, ages 13 and 8, answered, saying they didn’t know where their father was.
Police said one of the boys kept looking towards the back door, where the officers soon saw a man peak his head out from around the corner. The man refused to come out initially, but eventually came to the door.
As soon as police started to talk to him, the man ran off. Detectives chased after him, and located him hiding behind Quizno’s.
The man was identified by officers as the man who was shoveling mulch in the front yard. A key in the suspect’s pocket also opened up the truck sitting in the driveway.
Officers went back to the house to check on the children, but no one would come to the door. Police said officers forced their way in, and found a woman hiding in the bedroom along with four children.
Police said the Norfolk Street house was in both the male and female suspects’ names, and so they were both placed under arrest.
Hao Vu, 37, from Quincy was charged with trafficking in a class D substance, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and child endangerment.
Annie Vu, 37, also from Quincy was charged with trafficking in a class D substance, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, resisting arrest, child endangerment, and misleading a police officer after she lied about her relationship with the male suspect.
A 51A was filed with the Department of Children and Families on behalf of the children.
Police said the house was inhabitable because of the large amount of wiring used to heat the plants.