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Stephen Bassett, 57, has been charged with manufacturing controlled drugs.

Sep 2, 2015 1:16 PM

Newfields man charged with growing $500,000 worth of pot on property


FREMONT - Police have made an arrest in the massive marijuana bust last week that drew in the Drug Enforcement Administration and the NH State Police Narcotics Unit to the small town of Fremont last Thursday.

Cops arrested Stephen Bassett, 57, of Newfields, NH on a warrant Tuesday. Bassett is facing a felony charge of manufacturing controlled drugs.

Police allege Bassett was growing more than 200 live marijuana plants on a Fremont farm off Scribner Road. They also found dried marijuana ‘ready for sale’ and $2,000 in cash on the property.

Authorities discovered Bassett’s growing operation after two teens were caught with 21 lbs. of marijuana in their car in Raymond after a traffic stop. Some of the plants were seen “hanging out” of the car, according to police.

The pair was originally pulled over for failing to dim their headlights. Police haven’t said how the teens are connected to Bassett’s operation.

Bassett was released on $200 bail and has a court date of Oct. 15 at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood.

The outdoor marijuana operation, which was estimated at about 20 X 30 feet, had a street value of about $500,000.


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