|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2010
On August 9, 2010, the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Force (SNTF) obtained information of a large- scale outdoor marijuana grow being operated at 41 Raymond Schoolhouse Road, Canterbury. The property included a residential home, a large two-story barn and a green house. Members of SNTF responded and found the below listed accused working together erecting the green house on the property which was being utilized to grow marijuana. It was also discovered that the home and barn had been converted into a sophisticated marijuana grow operation with each area/room functioning for various stages of the cultivation process. This investigation continues.
***Street value of marijuana plants seized is approx. $1 million***
Seized: 1,102 marijuana plants in various growth stages
$1,600 US currency
Numerous items of equipment utilized in the cultivation process
ACCUSED #1: Richard Houghtaling DOB: 07/12/63
32 Fleetwood Dr., Danbury, Ct.
ACCUSED #2: Thomas Phravixay DOB: 02/18/70
41 Raymond Schoolhouse Rd., Canterbury, Ct.
ACCUSED #3: Sisouk Phravixay DOB: 04/04/54
4811 162nd Ave., North Clearwater, Fl.
ACCUSED #4: William Eichin DOB: 4/12/69
183 Crestwood Dr., Naugatuck, Ct.
CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana > 4 ounces
Cultivation of Marijuana WITS over one kilo
Operating a Drug Factory
Conspiracy to Commit Cultivation of Marijuana WITS over one
TOTAL BOND: $150,000.00
COURT: Danielson Superior Court
August 10, 2010
Anyone with information regarding any illegal narcotic activity in Eastern Ct. is asked to call the Statewide Narcotic Task Force – East Field Office at 860-442-9292 or the Anonymous Tip line at 800-443-7847. All calls will remain confidential.
Lt. J. Paul Vance