About 9:52 pm hours on Thursday September 2, 2010, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for Investigate Drug at 37 Ellington Street in Dorchester. While en route to above location, officers are informed that there is a marijuana plant in the back yard of above stated location and it belongs to the people on the 1st floor. On arrival, officers observed a black male in a vehicle sitting directly in front of above stated address. Officers approached the black male and asked if he lives there. He stated to officers he does not live at above, however, he is the owner of the building.
Officers advised the owner that they had receive information that someone was cultivating a marijuana plant on Ellington Street. After advising the owner of the home of the situation, he accompanied officers into the back yard. Officers were walking down the side of the yard when a female later identified as Joanna Read, 26, of Dorchester, stuck her head out the window of the apartment and asked if we needed something. As officers were walking around the back yard, Ms. Read ran around the front of the property into the back yard. Ms. Read then asked what was going on and officers advised her that officers had been made aware of a marijuana plant growing in that backyard and that it belongs to the people on the first floor.
Officers checked the back yard and discovered a five-foot plant believed to be a marijuana plant. After discovering the five-foot marijuana plant, officers asked Ms. Read if she lives on the first floor and she stated yes. Officers asked Ms. Read if she knew whom the plant belongs to and she stated no. Ms. Read did state to officers that she does smoke weed but she did not know who planted it. At this time, Ms. Read stated I will rip the plant out right now. Officers advised Ms. Read to stay away from the marijuana plant. At that time, Ms. Read yelled “It is mine, the plant is mine.”
Officer placed Ms. Read under arrest. As officers were out front with the owner of the home and Ms. Read, two unidentified black males came out from apartment one onto the front porch. These two individuals asked Ms. Read what was going on. One male later identified as Nadir Khan, 26, of Dorchester went back into the apartment. The other male was later identified and stood outside on the front porch. Officers knocked on the front apartment door and Mr. Khan opened the door and greeted officers. Officers were making an attempt to speak with Mr. Khan. Mr. Khan refused and ran back into the apartment and locked the rear door. Officers continued to speak to Mr. Khan thru a side apartment window as he hid inside the apartment. Officers observed the suspect run back and forth in the kitchen area and front room of the apartment in a nervous manner.
After about ten minutes, Mr. Khan opened the front door and came out to the front porch. As Mr. Khan came onto the porch, he stated to officers, ‘The plant is mine.’
Nadir Khan and Joanna Read were both charged with Cultivation of a Class D substance.