One day after he appeared in court on charges of motor vehicle homicide, a Roslindale man was back in court today after Boston police allegedly found a marijuana growing operation in his home.
Colin Ratiu pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he drove into Andrew Prior, a 24-year-old Northeastern University graduate driving a scooter. Ratiu allegedly sped away and Prior died from injuries sustained in the Nov. 14 crash.
Police on Monday executed a search warrant on Ratiu's home and found what Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office described as "a climate-controlled closet in which he was growing marijuana.''
Police said the alleged marijuana grow room included four large potted marijuana plants, a grow lamp with a spare bulb, a temperature and humidity sensor, a timer, and a ledger, prosecutors said.
Ratiu told detectives that the marijuana plants were tomato plants, prosecutors alleged.
Prosecutors said Ratiuís wife, identified as Sade Holliday, was also charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.
Husband and wife pleaded not guilty today to all charges in West Roxbury Municipal Court. Bail was set at $500 cash for Ratiu and personal recognizance for his wife, prosecutors said.
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