WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Authorities say a second-grader’s story about helping a farmer grow “special medicine” plants led to the bust of an indoor marijuana growing operation in Vermont.

The Times-Argus reports Windsor police Detective Jennifer Frank said in an affidavit that the 8-year-old son of Leona Hunt, Steven Mann’s live-in girlfriend, told school officials and police that he got to help Mann grow “special medicine that can cure anything at all.”

Mann, 54, pleaded innocent this week in a White River Junction court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants.

Frank says the boy described what sounded like marijuana plants and told her that people came to the house frequently.

When police searched the apartment, they found two “grow rooms” next to the child’s bedroom and seized other drug-related items. Police said they confiscated 50 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $75,000. Also confiscated were numerous bags of marijuana packaged for sale, hallucinogenic mushrooms, hashish and an unspecified amount of cash.

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