Pot Smoking Operation in Yorktown Busted After Report of House Smoke

A local man was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony. Police said they discovered more than 12 pounds of marijuana inside the home.

  • Editor's Note: The information was provided by the Yorktown Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

YORKTOWN, Feb. 26, 2013 — A report of smoke coming from a Yorktown home's basement Saturday night led police to arrest the 55-year-old homeowner for growing marijuana, Yorktown police said.

The Yorktown resident was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony. 

Emergency responders arrived at the local home on Feb. 23 after they received a report about the smoke. Investigation by the Westchester County Cause and Origin Team revealed the smoke was caused by the failure of a high intensity light being used to grow what is believed to be marijuana, police said.

Police discovered more than 12 pounds of marijuana inside the home, police said.

The Yorktown man was released on $2,500 cash bail and was scheduled to appear in Yorktown Town Court on March 28.


Editor's note, August 6, 2013: The felony charges in this case have been changed to misdemeanor charges. Patch does not identify individuals charged with misdemeanors; the story has been updated, and personal details removed.

Mel Santos February 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM
A convicted felon gets arrested again I wonder if he will get jail time I personally hope he gets the maximum sentence. Ha ha ha
Concerned Citizen February 28, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Maybe someone should spill the beans on you Mel. We all know what I'm referring to...
John smith22 March 02, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Why don't you read between the lines .. Allegations are not a guilty verdict.. Wait until after the discovery and trial before you pass judgement .. Or why not just move out of the country... Hopefully somewhere without civil rights ..
Mel Santos March 06, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Big words from such a little man be careful what you wish for you might just get it or read after the lines where hahaha I was written don't even comment back..........
ralph andrew mango jr March 30, 2013 at 02:52 PM
so let me get this straight a mans life, family,job, is ruined for some weed....all rats should be killed...
Mehmet Bekir August 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM
John Doe August 12, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Good riddance. Another pot zombie off the streets.
Rick Langley August 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Has anyone heard of an underground, illegal alcohol still setting fire to a structure? No? Well it happened all the time in the 1920s when alcohol was illegal. When a substance is made illegal, it doesn't disappear from the face of the earth. The production of that substance is just driven into the black market. As you may know, the black market doesn't adhere to fire codes or OSHA regulations. People who grow weed outdoors often pollute nearby streams with fertilizer and other plant chemicals. As for alcohol producers? They make their intoxicating substance in a factory that is inspected for food safety. The alcohol stills are inspected to make sure they won't cause a fire. Sprinkler systems are installed in the factory to prevent a fire. None of this is done for illegal substances, because why would a drug dealer spent his loot on protecting society from fires? Unregulated, illegal substances such as weed will continue to create problems like this in society. Houses being set on fire by grow lights, streams being polluted with pH chemicals, smokers littering their dime bags on the street. Why don't beer/cigarette distributors do drive-by shootings? They don't need to, because they can just sue someone and take them to court if they have a problem. Drug dealers? They can't sue, because their product is illegal. Drug dealers settle disputes with violence, the only force that exists in the black market. Legalize, regulate, and tax.


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