SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – South Hadley and state police conducted an investigation at a home on Bach Lane Wednesday morning, where power company workers have had to cut the electricity.

South Hadley Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen said officers along with Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant on the home around 9:22 a.m. The search warrant was part of a long-term investigation by the department on unlawful possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana.

A 64-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Marijuana over 100 pounds
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm

22News was in court Thursday for the arraignment of Stephen Opalenik Jr., he pleaded not guilty and is being held on $5,000 bail.

Gundersen told 22News that the South Hadley Electric Light Department had to cut power to the house “due to the nature of the investigation.”

Our 22News crew could see an officer wearing special equipment, which Gundersen said was due to possible chemicals inside the home. Police were walking through a garage to access a large greenhouse-type structure in the back of the home.

A tent was set up outside of 4 Bach Lane. At one point, officers in protective suits came out holding large bags filled with evidence, including marijuana. There was also a rifle being taken out of the home and put into an evidence bag.

MAP: 4 Bach Lane in South Hadley

Bach Lane is a side street located off Pearl Street on the northern edge of town.

Gundersen said the area was cleared after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.