Drugs seized in New Canaan

24-hour investigation leads police to drug factory

Police uncovered a marijuana factory, a 12-gauge shotgun and a bloody handprint inside the blood-soaked 126 Forest St. residence of 32-year-old Jason Lewonuk during a 24-hour investigation that ended at Tuesday afternoon, according to Lt. Dave Bender.

Lewonuk was charged on Dec. 8 with illegal possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, illegal sale and distribution of marijuana and operating a drug factory.

Police responded to a welfare check request made at 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 by the Poundridge Police Department after the department received a traffic infraction ticket mail-in response covered in blood and bodily fluids from Lewonuk, according to Bender.

Shortly after the request, police arrived at the residence, a two-floor, one-bedroom apartment in a bigger home, Bender said, to find a smashed window pane on the front door and the blinds pulled up. From outside the residence police detected blood splattered across the house including a bloody handprint on the couch and marijuana, police said. According to Bender, the officers received a search warrant from investigators.

Inside the home, police found blood-soaked towels and blood splattered on rugs, walls, notebook papers, a couch, a shower curtain, a bathtub and a desk, as well as marijuana seeds, plants and leaves, Bender said.

According to Bender, Lewonuk had walled off his kitchen behind a secret compartment. Inside, Bender said, Lewonuk had created a marijuana cultivation and distribution plant equipped with marijuana plants, an irrigation system, lights and a carbon-dioxide tank used to accelerate marijuana growth.

"In New Canaan, [I haven't seen anything] of this scale," Bender said of the home marijuana warehouse.

Other items found inside the home and confiscated include an unloaded 12-gauge Winchester shot gun, two large flat-screen televisions, a Dell laptop, literature on how to grow and sell marijuana, a vacuum sealer, a large amount of FedEx boxes, a hand-written list of names paired with dollar amounts and marijuana seeds packaged with labels including, "blueberry haze," "train wreck" and "the third dimension," Bender said.

Stolen items including a wrought iron sign from White Birch Farms housing development in Greenwich were also found at the residence, Bender said. Lewonuk has been unemployed for two years, according to Bender.

Lewonuk was treated for facial injuries and cuts at Norwalk Hospital on Dec. 3, Bender said, and police believe that the blood found in the home is a result of this injury, which they said may have been self-inflicted during a period of intoxication.

Lewonuk was arrested on Dec. 8 on $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.