JAY – A local man was arrested Sunday after police responded to his report of a burglary at his garage and police smelled marijuana. Police uncovered an “elaborate growing operation,” according officer Mike Mejia’s police report.

Mejia arrested Earl Williamson, 49, of East Dixfield Road, Jay, on a charge of cultivation of marijuana, Detective Richard Caton IV said Monday. Williamson was also charged with unlawful furnishing of schedule drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana, Caton said reading from Mejia’s police report.

Mejia and officer Nicholas Gulliver responded to the East Dixfield Road residence after Williamson reported people trying to break into his garage, Caton said.

Officers questioned Williamson about the smell of marijuana, he said.

After an investigation, it was determined there was a growing operation in the upstairs of the garage, Caton said.

Police seized about 25 pot plants, several of them fully matured, and about 14 ounces of processed marijuana, he said. Growing equipment was also seized.

Williamson was released Sunday on $5,000 unsecured bail. He is scheduled to appear in a Farmington court on Feb. 23.

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