Child's description of 'special medicine' leads to pot arrest

Large marijuana growing operation busted in Vermont

Steven Mann (Times-Argus)
Steven Mann (Times-Argus)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – The loose lips of a second-grader led to the bust of a large marijuana operation.

The Times Argus of Vermont reports that an 8-year-old told school officials that his mother's boyfriend was a "farmer" who grew "special medicine" plants.

According to the boy, the plants could "cure anything at all."

The boy also said that people constantly came and went from the apartment he shared with his mother, Leona Hunt, and her boyfriend, Steven Mann.

The boy's comments steered police to Mann's apartment where a "significant odor of burnt marijuana" could be smelled and that a warm glass pipe appeared to have been used in the same room as the young boy.

Police found cash, drug paraphernalia, bags of marijuana, mushrooms, bongs and scales.

Two grow rooms were also reported to have been located next to the child's bedroom.

Mann, who admitted to selling joints and ounces of pot, was arrested on a felony charge of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants.