4-9-19 Conway Votes

Conway planning board candidate Greydon Turner smiles while chatting with voters outside the polls at the Conway Recreation Department on April 9. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

CONWAY — Municipal Budget Committee member Greydon Turner has pleaded not guilty to a Class B felony, conspiring to violate the controlled drug act by allegedly facilitating a marijuana grow house in a mobile home on Colbath Street in Conway Village. Paperwork that recently became available in Carroll County Superior Court provides details in the case against Turner, 49, of North Conway and Daniel Davis, 50, of Rochester.

Police say Turner admitted to knowing about the grow house and that the pair allegedly referred to the marijuana plants as “the girls” in a series of text messages.

Turner is a commercial and residential Realtor in North Conway. He serves on the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council and Regional Steering Committee and is a current Conway Municipal Budget Committee member whose term is set to expire in 2021.

Turner was a candidate this year for Conway Planning Board but was not elected. He turned himself in for arrest on April 8, the day before the election.

According to court paperwork, Turner entered a plea of not guilty and waiver of arraignment on April 17. The criminal complaint filed by Assistant Carroll County Attorney Matthew Conley says that “on or about the 6th day of April,” the defendant “with the purpose that the crime of Controlled Drug Act, Schedule 14 as defined in RSA 318-B:2,I, be committed, agreed with one or more persons to commit or cause the commission of that crime ... to wit: Greydon Turner agreed with Daniel Davis to pay the rent and utilities for 18 Colbath Street in Conway, New Hampshire while having knowledge that Daniel Davis was using the property to manufacture more than five grams but less than five pounds of marijuana.”

Reached for comment Wednesday, Turner said, “On the advice of my attorney, I have no comment at this time. Dennis Morgan at Cooper Cargill Chant is representing me in this matter.”

Turner and Davis are both free on bail.

Also filed with the court was a probable cause statement written by Conway Police Detective Dominic Torch. It says on April 6 a “local business owner” identified only as “19-1-CI” reported to police that he was at the residence on Colbath Street on a service call and said “there were marijuana plants out in the open.”

Master Patrolman Shawn Baldwin and Torch visited 18 Colbath later that day for a “knock and talk.”

“I was immediately met with the distinct odor of fresh marijuana,” wrote Torch. “The smell was very distinct even from approximately 10 feet outside the house.”

Torch said he saw indications of a grow operation, including a ventilation pipe on the vestibule wall, fan noise and windows covered in black plastic.

They knocked on the door, and a man’s voice answered. Torch said he heard loud thuds. On the belief the man might be destroying evidence, Torch and Baldwin entered and saw a black tent-like device with a red light behind it.

Torch said after they unzipped the cloth they saw the marijuana grow with lighting and ventilation.

“After several minutes, we located a male in the back of the room,” said Torch. “He was ordered into custody at gunpoint and taken into temporary custody.”

The man, later identified as Davis, allegedly refused to identify himself. Police filed for a search warrant, which was granted by Judge Melissa Vetanze.

Torch said they found “12 mature plants” in a grow tent and several small plants in another room. They also found money in a freezer as well as identification for Davis.

“The residence was clearly used as a grow operation rather than any legitimate purpose,” said Torch, who added that the “trailer-style home” was in such poor condition that Conway Village Fire Chief Steve Solomon condemned it.

Sgt. Ryan Wallace then went to ask the owners of the home, Ken and Jennifer McPherson, who live on nearby Hobbs Street, about who was living at 18 Colbath St.

“(Jennifer McPherson) advised that there is a man, who comes and goes, who she only knows as Danny,” said Torch, adding that McPherson told Wallace that Davis was a friend of Turner’s.

“Greydon was a high school friend of Danny’s, Greydon was helping Danny get back onto his feet after a recent tough time,” Torch wrote.

“Greydon would pay the rent for the property usually. McPherson said that there was no lease in place and she did not know his last name, but knew he was from Rochester.”

Ken McPherson said the rent was about $500 a month, which Turner paid.

“Due to the condition of the residence being completely converted into a grow house, we began to believe that Greydon Turner, the person paying the rent, was likely involved in the grow operation and not just helping a friend out,” wrote Torch.

Baldwin later searched “a phone that was named in the search warrant.”

The phone, police said, revealed a text conversation between Davis and Turner, who was reportedly using the alias “Tony Stark.” Tony Stark is a fictional character whose alter ego is “Iron Man.”

In a text from last September, Davis allegedly sent Turner a photo of the grow. In texts from January, Davis and Turner go back and forth about a $1,400 water bill. Davis said the bill was high because he couldn’t turn the faucet off and said he notified Ken McPherson of the issue.

“411 ... the water has froze,” Davis allegedly wrote Turner, but assured him, “The girls and I are o.k.”

Then on April 6, Turner allegedly writes to Davis, “Cops.”

“There are many more relevant text conversations between the two, talking about ‘the girls,’ which are clearly marijuana plants, money and the utilities surrounding their grow operation,” wrote Torch, adding the texts will be burned onto a disk and held as evidence.

“On April 6, 2019, Officer Baldwin had a phone conversation with Turner. He admitted to having knowledge of the grow.”

Davis is to be arraigned today (April 25).

Turner has a status conference scheduled for June 12 in Carroll County Superior Court. His Felonies First receipt of indictment target date is July 17.

Davis’ Felonies First receipt of indictment target date is July 22.

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