On domestic abuse call, police find pot growing

GREENFIELD — A local man faces drug and firearms charges after the alleged discovery of a marijuana grow room while police were in his apartment for an unrelated matter.

Kyle Pelis, 23, of 8 Water St., pleaded innocent to charges of cultivation of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, and possessing an unsecured firearm, in Greenfield District Court Wednesday.

Police say they found a grow room and 22 marijuana plants in Pelis’ apartment when they responded to a domestic assault and battery involving his roommates, according to a report filed by patrolman Jeremy Felton.

They also found an unloaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol on a nightstand, though Pelis had a valid license to carry firearms, according to a report by Detective Sgt. Daniel McCarthy.

Felton wrote that he and special officer Jay Butynski responded to Pelis’ apartment on March 6, 2013, for a domestic disturbance. They were initially denied entry by resident Mark Gallant, 26, but had probable cause to search the apartment for Gallant’s girlfriend, who accused him of striking her.

As the officers searched the apartment for the girlfriend, who was not there, they stumbled upon the marijuana, wrote Felton.

Meanwhile, other officers talked to the alleged victim, and developed cause to arrest Gallant on domestic assault and battery.

McCarthy went to the residence around 7 p.m. to arrest Gallant.

Pelis returned shortly afterward, and was “very cooperative,” and told police he had been growing and selling pot for about two years, according to McCarthy.

Pelis showed them the grow room, which contained 21 plants from 8 to 18 inches tall, and led McCarthy to an upstairs bathroom, where the 2-foot-tall “mother plant” was growing in a shower stall, he wrote.

Pelis showed officers to his bedroom, where the handgun sat on his nightstand, according to McCarthy. He also pointed out two separate caches of money, $3,440 of which Pelis said were proceeds from marijuana sales, and $1,100 for rent, McCarthy wrote.

Police took the alleged drug proceeds and left his rent money.

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