Governors Island man indicted for marijuana growing operation

LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted a former Governor's Island man for manufacturing marijuana and hashish in his home on Blueberry Hill Lane.

Corey LaPlante, 28, is also charged with one count of possession of methylone — a stimulant.

The cases against LaPlante are being prosecuted by the State Attorney General's Office and the arrests are the result of N.H. State Police investigation.

According to police affidavits, LaPlante and his girlfriend, Janelle Noftle, were running what police described as a sophisticated growing operation out of a three-car garage on the property. Police said there was lights, commercial-grade fans, a water system, and a separate electrical panel LaPlante said he installed.

Asst. N.H. Attorney James James Vara said police found three to five pounds of hashish and a table that served as a production area. His affidavits also said police found about 100 marijuana plants and $33,000 in cash.

Vara also said six guns — three handguns and three long guns — were found in the house and two of them were loaded and near the cash.

Noftle was arrested at same time. Her case has been bound over to the Belknap County Superior Court. As of yesterday, she has not been indicted.

During their arraignment, both were ordered held on $30,000 cash-only bail. As of yesterday, neither one is in the Belknap County Jail.