Meriden man charged with growing marijuana

MERIDEN — A local man was arraigned Friday on drug and weapon charges after police say he was growing marijuana in his backyard.

Stephen Miller, 32, of 57 South Ave., was arrested Thursday and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

According to police reports, over the summer police received a confidential tip that Miller was growing marijuana in his backyard. Police obtained a search warrant, and when the officers from the Crime Suppression Unit went to the home on South Avenue, they found Miller in the backyard and detained him, the report said. Police found 12 marijuana plants growing in the backyard totaling about 2.4 pounds, the report said.

Police also found a prescription pill bottle with four narcotic pills inside. Miller said it was his prescription, but when police looked at the label, they saw the prescription for 105 pills was picked up yesterday, the report said. Police searched the house and found four more prescription pills bottles, all empty, the report said. Police also found “heroine baggies,” a box of lidocaine pain patches, and a vial of methadone, the report said. An 8 mm pistol was also found in the home. Police noted that Miller is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any kind of weapon.

According to statements from the bail commissioner, Miller has 13 previous convictions since 2001, mostly involving drug cases.

Miller was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday, and Judge Jack Fisher set bond for $100,000. Miller is due back in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 3.

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