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Kid's tale about growing "special" plants ends in pot bust

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt.-- Authorities say a second-grader's story about helping a farmer grow "special medicine" plants led to a big marijuana bust in Vermont.

The Times-Argus reports Windsor Detective Jennifer Frank said in an affidavit that the 8-year-old told school officials and police that he got to help his mother's boyfriend grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all."

Frank says the boy told her that people came to the Windsor house frequently. Fifty-four-year-old Steven Mann pleaded not guilty this week in a White River Junction court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants.

Authorities say they found cash and other drugs at the Vermont home of Steven Mann. CBS affiliate WCAX

A woman who answered a phone listing for a Steven Mann in Windsor County said it was the wrong number.

Authorities arrested Mann and his girlfriend Leona Hunt at their Main Street apartment Feb. 19, according to CBS affiliate WCAX.

Steven Mann and Leona Hunt CBS affiliate WCAX

Police say the pair was also found with a street value of about $75,000, as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms and cash.

Police say they found two "grow rooms" next to the child's bedroom.

The Department for Children and Families took custody of the child, according to the station.

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