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IPSWICH Bail was set at $5,000 on Friday for an Ipswich man charged with turning three rooms in his basement into a pot farm.
Richard Blais, 47, of 7 Newbury Road pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute during his arraignment Friday in Newburyport District Court.
The arraignment followed his arrest earlier in the day by Ipswich police, who, after receiving an anonymous tip, conducted an investigation and obtained a search warrant.
When they showed up at his home, according to a police report, a naked Blais answered the door. Police led him to a bedroom, where he was allowed to get dressed.
Both Blais and his wife, who was not arrested, were led outside while police searched the basement.
According to a police report, all of the rooms had been insulated and equipped with fans, growing lights and an irrigation system.
Police found a total of 78 plants ranging in size from small to large.
Police calculated that the plants would have each likely produced about two pounds of marijuana, and that at $600 a pound, the value of the plants would approach $100,000.
Blais had an inactive medical marijuana card, police said. Such a card, if it had been valid, would have allowed him to grow a small amount for personal use.