By ALAINE GRIFFIN
July 09, 2006
Police say a tip that a city couple was allegedly operating a drug factory out of the basement of their home came from an unusual source: their son. Detectives say concern about the welfare of his 11-year-old sister prompted the adult son to lead police to 19 Fulton Road, where investigators Saturday found 'a sophisticated' marijuana operation, according to the East Central Narcotics Task Force and Manchester police. Ten marijuana plants, heat lamps, timers, thermostats, fertilizer, books and compact discs about how to cultivate the drug were found inside the house, police said.
The parents, Brenda Lush, 47, and Julian Lush, 49, were arrested on multiple drug charges, including operating a drug factory and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, police said. The Lushes also were each charged with impairing the morals of or endangering a child, police said. Lt. Glen Richards said that police referred the case to state child welfare officials. An acquaintance of the family took custody of the girl, he said. The Lushes were released on $75,000 bail Saturday night. They are both scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Manchester on July 19. Neither could be reached Sunday for comment. An arrest report says that Julian Lush listed his occupation as a bus driver for Connecticut Transit. Police lauded the son's decision but declined to name him. 'It's a brave move because obviously there's going to be a rift in the family,' Richards said. 'But it could be a good thing for the family because maybe now, if they need some help, they can get it.' Richards said it was unclear how long the alleged drug factory had been operating, but 'it was quite the operation. Those plants don't grow overnight.'