(WPRI) — An investigation into the illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana at a Westport property has resulted in one arrest, and police say further arrests are possible.
According to Detective Jeff Majewski, Westport police on the morning of Sept. 24 executed search warrants at 566 and 576 American Legion Highway and seized 19 marijuana plants, which exceeds the legal limit for a recreational user in Massachusetts.
Averyl Andrade was taken into custody on a warrant for motor vehicle charges, Majewski said, and she was later charged with illegal cultivation and conspiracy to distribute marijuana products.
The property is owned by Timothy L. Barreira Sr., who police said also leased a property at 528 American Legion Highway to Between the Rows, LLC, which for several weeks had been promoting marijuana parties at another Barreira property, 560 American Legion Highway, according to Majewski.
The property abuts the Russell Davis youth soccer fields, Majewski noted.
Andrade is a managing partner of Between the Rows, Majewski said, along with her husband and Barreira’s longtime girlfriend, among others. On Aug. 26, Andrade and Between the Rows hosted a marijuana “Farm Sesh” party at the property, tickets for which were sold online. According to Majewski, it was advertised that food and vendors would be available and that the first 50 guests would receive a “goody bag.”
Majewski said an impaired driver who was arrested after the party had marijuana on him from one of the advertised vendors.
Westport detectives began investigating, along with the Bristol County district attorney’s office, Massachusetts State Police and other local departments, as Between the Rows started posting about another party, Farm Sesh 2.0. Majewski said it was advertised that the price of a ticket to the Oct. 20 event would include a meal and a dab bar – which involves the smoking of a potent marijuana concentrate.
Majewski said Andrade and her husband arrived at the property while the search warrants were being executed on Sept. 24. She told police some of the marijuana was from Healthy Futures/Between the Rows and other plants belonged to Barreira’s girlfriend.
Andrade also said she had more plants at her New Bedford home, according to Majewski.
Majewski said others may be charged with conspiracy to illegally distribute marijuana at the property.