By Derrick Stanley
The Hull Police Department in Massachusetts has charged a man and his pregnant wife with weapons and drugs violations after they discovered a large marijuana operation in their house.
On Thursday, Hull police raided the house of David Maglion, 35, and his pregnant wife Erika Zerkel, 38 and uncovered a sophisticated marijuana operation. In addition to marijuana, police confiscated several firearms.
Officials executed the search warrant with a SWAT team because Maglio, who has prior drug convictions, was considered armed and dangerous before the bust, police said.
"The male suspect in this case is a career criminal, well-known to police, who was armed and dangerous. All precautions were taken, and I am very proud that this investigation came to a conclusion without incident or injury to either the suspects or police officers involved," acting Police Chief Robert C. Sawtelle said in a police statement.
Authorities said the police seized a handgun, rifle, more than $5,000 in cash,more than 40 pounds of pot, and nearly 50 marijuana plants.
Photo: Hull Police Department
Maglio was charged with the possession and cultivation of marijuana, intent to distribute and various weapons-related charges, police stated. Zerkel was charged with marijuana possession and cultivation.
Because of Zerkel's pregnancy, police added that both suspects were also charged with the reckless endangerment of her unborn child.