from Boardman Court Judge Joseph Houser, members of the Boardman Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) raided a home at 1082 Shields Rd. on Wed., May 30 where they discovered a large indoor pot-growing operation and as well seized $11,478 and six money orders totaling $2,170.
Matthew DelSignore, 37, who told police he is unemployed, was charged with cultivating marihuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, trafficking in marihuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The NEU indicated DelSignore appeared to be a ‘hoarder’ and was living in squalid conditions. DelSignore was lodged in the Mahoning County Jail on a $24,500 bond.
“The amount of grow equipment and paraphernalia found inside the residence made it apparent that DelSignore has been growing marihuana for several years,” Ptl. Michael Dada, of the NEU said.
Officer Dado said “In all, officers discovered 69 marihuana plants currently growing, 34 marihuana clones, over 115 root balls of previously harvested marihuana plants, and several harvested marihuana plants throughout the residence.
“Officers also discovered marihuana packaged for sale, and items used to prepare the marihuana to be packaged for sale include a vacuum sealer, vacuum seal rolls and digital scales with marihuana residue.”
All totaled, Officer Dado said police seized 49 pounds of pot during the raid.
In addition, police found three handguns and a shotgun inside the home.
Authorities have petitioned the court to seize the money, a 2006 Honda, a chipper, a television and video equipment, as well as 60 silver coins.
DelSignore told police he had not worked for two years and had been living off his savings.