Police find 600 marijuana plants worth $1M at day care

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Police made a shocking million dollar discovery at a licensed day care facility in Connecticut, and soon those involved could face serious charges.

State inspectors discovered marijuana plants growing in the backyard of the home day care on Friday and called local police. West Haven Police responded to the home on Norfolk Street and found 600 marijuana plants in the backyard. Police estimate the street value of the plants after processing to be over $1 million.

The day care facility was shut down by city housing inspectors, and the day care license was immediately revoked. State inspectors were originally called to the site due to the poor building conditions. The building has been condemned and no one is allowed inside, police said.

Police found a newly built wooden fence that concealed the hundreds of plants. Police said the marijuana plants were between six and ten feet tall.

Next door neighbors Ivette Quiles and Frankie Torres said the couple who lived in the home kept to themselves. When they saw all the police activity, they knew something was up, but didn't expect this.

"I saw him building something in the backyard and kind of thought it was just a regular fence," Torres said.

Now, the whole street is talking about what was behind that fence.

"I should have smelled that. That's crazy. I didn't expect that," said another neighbor Robson Antoine. "And they have a day care? Not good."

State records show Rosalee Miller has run a day care facility for six children at that address since 1995. Police confirmed that she ran the day care at that address.

At this point, Miller has not been charged but police said that arrests are forthcoming. They said whoever is arrested in this case faces several felony charges including risk of injury to a minor and operating a drug factory.