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Police: Pot mailed to Mountain Road home

  • Home on Mountain Road in Francestown. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Home on Mountain Road in Francestown. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, August 22, 2016
TIMELINEMay 17: Timothy Sweeting killed in Covelo, Calif., on property owned by Robert Overend.May 23: Joshua Ruoff arrested in Concord for the murder and held while contesting extradiction.August 11: John, Robert and Katherine Overend arrested in Covelo

“Jack is the center cog in this operation; everybody knows Jack.”

That’s what Det. Matt Croskey of the Mendocino County (California) sheriff’s office said about John “Jack” Overend, a former New Hampshire resident arrested for his part in a marijuana grow operation there and for sending the drug to his parents in Francestown.

Overend was arrested in Covelo, California, on Aug. 11, along with his parents, Robert and Katherine, and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and being armed while committing a felony. 

Croskey said this is a relatively small operation in that part of Northern California.

“Unfortunately, in our county 190 marijuana plants is not much for a warrant,” he said.

The events that led to the Overends’ arrests began nearly three months earlier when an event occurred at the site of their alleged marijuana farm that did attract attention of the police.

Timothy Sweeting of Rohnert Park, California, was beaten and killed at the site of John Overend’s farm. Allegedly, he was killed by Joshua Ruoff of Lake Tahoe, California, who formerly lived in Antrim.

When asked what the connection was between the two, Croskey cited the location of the murder and that Overend and Ruoff knew each other.

“In our view, it’s a marijuana-related crime,” he said regarding the murder.

He also said that Sweeting likely also shipped marijuana to New Hampshire independently.

New Hampshire State Police say it intercepted one cannabis shipment intended for Katherine Overend, and is aware of more shipments.

The drugs shipped to Katherine were sent to a property owned in her name at 117 Mountain Road in Francestown, a new house with the driveway now blocked by a traffic cone. He also said authorities believe two or three other people were involved in New Hampshire that have not been identified, but that they may be from New York.

The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office has received a request for asset forfeiture and the Overends could lose control of their property, including the house in Francestown, which remains incomplete after construction began in 2015.