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YouTube Video Tour of Pot Garden Leads to Conn. Drug Bust

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    The 46-year-old Connecticut man whose YouTube video shows him surrounded by marijuana plants is facing a string of charges after police say they found drugs, packaging materials and more than $1,000 in cash at his storage unit in Clinton.

    William Bradley was arrested on Monday and charged with multiple counts of narcotics violations after police discovered marijuana, oxycodone, hashish and cocaine in a storage unit on Nod Place in Clinton.

    In a YouTube video posted in October, Bradley stands among marijuana plants as tall as he is. He takes viewers on a tour of “Hope Garden,” identifies himself by name and asks for donations.

    Bradley says in the video that he has terminal cancer and wants to give away the marijuana to other cancer patients. He says without donations, he’ll be forced to sell it instead.

    “As you can see, God has gifted me with an abundance and it’s more than I need, so I want to take the extra and give it to people that need the help,” Bradley says in the video. “I want to be able to help people like myself, and I don’t have the money to do that.”

    Bradley directs the donations to a post office box in Westbrook.

    “Maybe have a fundraiser,” he suggests in the video. “Go to your church or synagogue or mosque or organization or school or anywhere, start a collection, so that we together can help people, help people that need this medicine.”

    Connecticut has legalized medical marijuana and organizations have been approved to serve as designated growers.

    "I need to get my marijuana license so that I don't have to be a criminal anymore and I need help financially," Bradley says in the video.

    After searching Bradley’s storage bin on Monday, police said they seized more than two pounds of marijuana, more than 20 grams of hashish, two bags of cocaine, four oxycodone pills, $1,017 of drug money and drug paraphernalia including packaging materials, scales, drug notes and a cellphone.

    Police confirmed that Bradley is the person in the video.

    Bradley is facing multiple drug charges, including possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hashish with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory.

    Police said Bradley had been previously arrested and was found in possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana in 2008.

    Bradley has posted other videos of the marijuana garden, most recently in November.

    See more videos here.

    He posted $5,000 bond and is due in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 21.