GROVELAND — A local man who pleaded guilty yesterday to growing marijuana in his cellar and selling the drug to undercover buyers will spend nearly 9 months in jail.
Jonathan Wood, 23, of 6 Wood Ave., was taken into custody after his hearing in Haverhill District Court and taken to the Middleton jail. Charges of possession of heroin and Adderall with intent to distribute were dropped as part of the plea arrangement approved by Judge Stephen Abany.
The judge imposed a 9-month sentence, but credited Wood with 12 days he already served while being held in lieu of bail. Abany noted that Wood has a drunken-driving conviction on his record.
According to a report filed with the court by Detective James Morton, Wood was arrested June 4 after selling drugs to undercover buyers May 22, 27 and 30. Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said at yesterday's hearing that Morton worked with a confidential informant.
Morton said that when he and other officers went to Wood's home with a search warrant, they found marijuana on a coffee table in the living room. They also found pipes used for smoking marijuana, books on how to grow the drug and baggies containing small quantities of the substance, Morton said in the report. The officers then discovered several marijuana plants growing in the cellar, along with lamps and timers, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen said.
Several police officers, including two from Haverhill, were deployed for the search because they received information Wood had a .45-caliber revolver in the house, Gillen said. That report turned out to be false, he said.
"I am satisfied with that disposition," police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz said of the 9-month jail sentence.