WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Daniel Miller of West Haven was arraigned in Milford Superior Court Tuesday. He’s accused of running a pot farm behind his home, the same home that also operated as a daycare. The judge set Miller’s bond at $10,000. Miller’s attorney, Mike Dolan, said Miller would be posting bond today.
The 57-year-old West Haven resident and general contractor turned himself in to West Haven Police after police found 600 marijuana plants growing behind a home day care last week. By the afternoon Tuesday, Miller was arraigned in court.
Authorities were called out to the home on September 5th after a state inspection turned up a marijuana growing operation in the backyard. A large fence surrounding the backyard helped conceal the six to ten feet tall plants. Authorities say it had a street value of a million dollars.
When asked about the wooden structure found behind Miller’s home that housed 600 pot plants, Millers attorney said, “I’m not going to comment on that.”
Neighbors say as the structure went up behind the Norfolk street, the noise was non-stop.
“This is a quiet neighborhood,” said William Bellamy, who lives near by. “You could hear a whole lotta of bamming and slamming, hammering and saws. I said what are they building back there? A Walmart or something?”
According to police it was something far different. The plants have since been removed and the daycare’s license has been revoked. Miller is charged with possession of a hallucinogenic, sale of controlled substances and operation of a drug factory.