Young Belmont man charged with operating marijuana farm in 1 bedroom apartment

BELMONT — Police have charged a Laconia Road man with multiple drug-related offenses for allegedly having a marijuana manufacturing operation in his apartment.

Lt. Rich Mann said yesterday that Patrick M. Robertson, 23, of 356 Laconia Road is charged with one felony count of manufacturing a controlled drug; possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute; endangering the welfare of a child; simple assault; and false imprisonment.

Mann said police went to the home earlier this month in response to a well-being check. He said two adults and a 1-year-old child lived in the one-bedroom apartment.

He said police seized 55 items from the home. They charged Robinson with the above crimes yesterday. He is free on $3,000 personal recognizance bail.

Mann said the seized items ranged from small marijuana saplings to dried and processed marijuana, as well as equipment consistent with what would be found in a marijuana growing operation.

Unable to fit all of the evidence into a police cruiser, Mann said the department needed a town-owned pickup and multiple officers to transport the items to the police department.

Three fifty-six Laconia Road is three single-wide trailers shaped in a "U" pattern. Mann said each apartment is one half of a trailer.

When asked if police found anything in the yards and common areas outside Robertson's apartment, he said no.

Mann said Robertson is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division December 5. He said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges and or arrests may be forthcoming.

This is the second reasonably large marijuana growing operation busted by police in the Lakes Region in as many weeks.

Last week, Gilford Police arrested two people who had allegedly utilized a 3-car garage on Governors Island in what police said was a fairly sophisticated marijuana and hashish operation.