A Canaan man is facing marijuana trafficking and cultivation charges after police raided a suspected pot growing operation that was booby-trapped with electric wires, spikes and razor blades.
Lieutenant Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says police found a dangerous situation when they got to the home of 43-year-old Lauriston Cochran.
Gottardi says spikes were positioned in the floorboards and razor blades were set in the windows.
Wires were arranged so that anyone entering the growing area would trip and fall into the spikes and razor blades.
The detective says barbed wire was also placed by doorways, and other wires were hooked up to electric sockets so that anyone coming in contact with them would be shocked.
Gottardi says he’s seen a few other cases in which marijuana was booby trapped.
Deputies seized 67 high-grade marijuana plants, scales, about a pound of drying and processed pot and pills.
Gottardi says Cochran also faces a reckless conduct charge.