GREENFIELD (KDKA) — A home invasion in Greenfield turns into a drug bust and now two suspects are in jail.
Joshua Clary and Elizabeth Benson, both 34, have been charged after large amounts of marijuana were discovered in a home on Graphic Street in Greenfield.
“They’re estimating it will be over eight-thousand dollars,” Pittsburgh Police Commander Kathy Deglar says.
Marijuana plants, money, and prescription drugs were all laid out on display after the bust that police weren’t planning to make.
The 9-1-1 call initially came over as a burglary in progress. Police believe that Joshua Clary’s Greenfield home had been broken into days before and he was fearful that it was going to happen again.
Clary called a friend for help and that friend, in turn, called police and told them there was a shotgun in the home.
“[Police] were met at the door by a young white male, with a shotgun in his hand, pointed at the officers,” Deglar says. “Right there behind him, they could smell a very strong odor of marijuana in the house, and they could see, openly on the coffee table behind him, a number of packages of marijuana.”
Complying with police, Clary dropped the gun as they uncovered the grow operation in the basement.
Police say Clary’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Benson, later arrived at the home with her 5-year-old son.
“Her vehicle was searched when they smelled marijuana. She had marijuana with her,” Deglar says.
Clary and Benson were both arraigned earlier this morning. They are facing several charges, including possession with intent to deliver and drug maufacturing.
Benson’s 5-year-old son is now in the custody of the Office of Children, Youth and Families of the Allegheny Department of Human Services. Benson spoke with KDKA-TV after posting bond and denied involvement in the operation.
Both Clary and Benson are due back in court October 16th.