REHOBOTH — Authorities have busted a large-scale illegal marijuana operation and arrested five suspects, seized loaded firearms and taken a 4-year-old child into protective custody, police said.

Armed with a search warrant, authorities went to a commercial property in the rear of 495 Winthrop St. (Route 44) about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“The search was the result of an ongoing investigation involving a large-scale marijuana grow,” Police Sgt. Brian Ramos said in a news release. “Police encountered several individuals inside of a large garage and attached building. Police encountered a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation where over 200 mature plants and additional packaged marijuana was found.”

Also at the scene was the 4-year-old who was later released to the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

Police seized two loaded firearms and a loaded assault rifle inside the building, Ramos said.

Arrested at the scene were Moises Montero, 33, of Seekonk; Katitlin Munroe, 30, of Seekonk; Luilly Escotto, 32, of Lowell; Carlos Cabeza, 42, of Waueregan, Conn.; and Henry Vilomar, of the Bronx borough of New York.

All were charged with cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and possession of a large-capacity rifle.

Rehoboth Police were assisted by members of the Northern Bristol County Drug Task Force.

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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