Investigators found nearly 800 marijuana plants, many of which had grown to about seven feet in height. The weed sold on the street for $5,000 per pound, police said.
Cops began investigating the hidden cannabis farm two months ago after at least one neighbor filed a complaint about shady activities inside the building, which is part of a busy strip of commercial and residential properties, a police source said.
Residents formed a crowd outside of the building as authorities executed the bust and began hauling out evidence that confirmed what many in the area had long suspected.
“Cops come on the block and smell weed and pull us over and harass us and no one is smoking,” said local resident Andre Cardona, 20. He said the pungent smell has been wafting through the neighborhood for the past two years.
“It’s an elaborate operation,” a police source said.
There were no tenants inside the building, police said.
After authorities busted the operation, a Con Edison official told investigators at the scene that there was enough electricity rigged into the building to power the entire block, a police source said.
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