BOSTON – The owners and operators of a family-owned plumbing business in Millbury were arrested and charged in federal court in Worcester for using their business as a front for a large-scale, commercial marijuana growing and distributing operation.

Thomas Laverty, 37, of Clinton; Charles Laverty, 60, of Millbury; and Andrea Laverty, 61, of Millbury, were charged on Monday, Oct. 23, with one count of conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

It is alleged that the family used their business — Chuck Laverty & Son Inc., and a number of assets — including vehicles, bank accounts, and locations — to facilitate drug manufacturing, storage, and distribution.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, federal agents found a commercial-style marijuana grow operation with more than 1,000 plants in the Laverty and Sons’ business warehouse in Clinton. In Millbury, agents found a large quantity of marijuana being dried and processed, and another grow operation, in the residence of Charles and Andrea Laverty.

The family used upwards of $40,000 in cash deposits between January and May 2017 to pay private school tuition and to make payments on multiple cars.

Thomas Laverty faces a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000. Charles Laverty and Andrea Laverty each face a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, a minimum of two years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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