Police are seeking a 35-year-old man as a person of interest after $2 million worth of marijuana was found in a Stoneham home after a fire Wednesday morning.
Authorities are not releasing the man’s name at this time but have said he lives on the Hersam Street home’s second floor.
A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier on his way to work spotted the fire at 10 Hersam St. at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames; one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated and released from a local hospital.
Stoneham Police detectives were called to the scene after firefighters found the plants in the house. Roughly 480 marijuana plants were recovered after a search warrant was obtained, police said. The plants, in their lifetime, could have produced about 960 pounds of marijuana buds, according to police.
“This was a major, sophisticated drug producing operation that has been shut down today,” Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said in a statement.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Lab Team assisted local police at the scene.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause and origin of the fire, police said.Stoneham Police Investigating Apparent Marijuana Growing Operation Found After House Fire