WORCESTER – Thomas Laverty, the local plumber convicted last year for using his business as a front for a large marijuana grow op while raising public aid, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Tuesday.
Laverty, 40, was convicted by a federal jury in Worcester last January over allegations that he and his father, Charles Laverty, allegedly used their plumbing business in Millbury, Chuck Laverty & Son, as a front for a huge crop of illegal marijuana.
During the trial, jurors heard testimony regarding a sophisticated cultivation operation the Lavertys set up in a warehouse near Thomas Laverty’s house in Clinton.
The government said the two – who were legitimate plumbers before the program – hired workers to help them harvest up to eight pounds of marijuana per week, an amount …
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