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Fire in Cromwell home leads to discovery of pot growing operation; Owners arrested

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CROMWELL — A fire in a home over Valentine’s Day weekend led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation, and the arrest of the homeowners.

Giovanni Imme, 45, and Linda Imme, 43, own a home on Robin Lane that was damaged by a fire on February 13. As investigators were determining the cause of the fire, they found the basement of the house was being used as a marijuana grow room.

Police said they found 100 marijuana plants, growing materials, scales and other evidence. The street value of the 6 pounds of marijuana totaled $21,000 according to police.

The Immes were charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell,  cultivation of marijuana, operation of a drug factory. illegal possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, conspiracy to commit use and possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to sell, conspiracy to commit cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy to commit operation of a drug factory, conspiracy to commit illegal possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, reckless endangerment, and risk of injury to a minor.

They were released on $10,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on March 22.