140 marijuana plants seized in Butte raid

2012-12-08T09:20:00Z 2012-12-13T13:17:05Z 140 marijuana plants seized in Butte raidBy JOHN GRANT EMEIGH Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
December 08, 2012 9:20 am  • 

Butte-Silver Bow law enforcement seized more than 140 marijuana plants this week from two residences south of Butte, and a couple is in custody in connection with the raid.

Laurence “Larry” and Ann Bugni, both 54, faced several drug manufacturing-related charges Thursday in connection with illegally growing marijuana at their residences in Buxton and Divide. Butte Justice Ben Pezdark set their bonds at $125,585 each and remanded them to jail.

Acting on information Wednesday morning, Butte police acquired a warrant and searched the Bugni residence at 116082 Fleecer Road in Buxton. Police allegedly found approximately 140 marijuana plants in various stages of growth at the residence. Investigators also found lamps, heaters, fans and other items commonly used in growing marijuana, according to charging documents.

The husband and wife are not licensed marijuana providers, court documents indicate.

Police also seized more than $3,000 in cash and guns from the property.

Later that same day police searched a second home and property owned by the couple at 12022 Highway 91 in Divide. There, police allegedly found a large number of marijuana plants, but charging documents didn’t provide a specific number.

Investigators also seized about $14,000 the Bugnis allegedly had in a credit union account. Both are unemployed, court documents claim.

All the marijuana plants, money, equipment and guns were seized by police.

Both were charged with felony criminal production of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute, three counts of use of property subject to forfeiture (weapons, money and property) and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Larry Bugni was the former owner of the Blue Moon Saloon in Divide. He rebuilt the log cabin-style building in 2006 after it was destroyed in a fire.

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