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Habitat for Humanity couple ran grow op in former home

Credits: QMI AGENCY FILES

KATHRYN BURNHAM | QMI AGENCY

CORNWALL, ON - The latest Habitat for Humanity partner family - expecting to receive their home in the fall - have criminal records for running a grow-op at a former residence.

Stephan and Stephanie Durocher were both arrested May 3, 2011, by the Cornwall police's street crime unit and charged with possession of a controlled substance and production of a substance.

They were sentenced in January 2012 to a 15-month conditional sentence and six months of probation.

Police seized $21,000 worth of drugs and other property from the home, including plant food, light bulbs and a water funnel.

Stephanie Durocher described the situation as a "poor decision" - a business idea her husband had with a friend.

Both parents were arrested because both their names appear on the lease.

"It was a one-time mistaken decision," Stephanie said. "We're quiet people."

The charges did not come to light until after it was announced last week which family would receive the Habitat home.

Habitat board chair Wray Holmes said he was "not aware of any record."

He said applicants are screened for their financial record and need of housing.

Holmes, who was appointed board chair just a few weeks ago, said he'd have to consult the board on whether any action will be taken.

Other Habitat board members and executive were unavailable for comment.

The Durocher family are expecting to move into their $150,000 home in the fall, happy to leave their drafty home that is too small for the family of five.

They will contribute 500 hours of sweat equity at the ReStore as a down payment.

- with files from the Standard-Freeholder

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