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Police: 64 Marijuana Plants Removed From Westchester Apartment Grow House

A Yonkers Avenue apartment building had to be evacuated on Wednesday after equipment and chemicals for a drug manufacturing operation were discovered.
A Yonkers Avenue apartment building had to be evacuated on Wednesday after equipment and chemicals for a drug manufacturing operation were discovered. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - More than 50 marijuana plants were removed from a Yonkers apartment building on Wednesday after a gas leak led to the discovery of two grow houses in Westchester.

Members of both the Yonkers Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a Yonkers Avenue apartment building at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday after being contacted by Con Edison about equipment and chemicals used to grow the marijuana.

In total, police removed approximately 64 plants, Yonkers Police Sgt. Dean Politopoulos said on Thursday. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made and no injuries were reported. Police are currently waiting on lab analysis to determine exactly how much marijuana was confiscated.

The incident forced the evacuation of the building and shut down Yonkers Avenue East between Nepperhan Avenue and Oak Street on Wednesday as police investigated the scene, removed the plants and equipment.

According to a News12 report , the perpetrators used a “sophisticated system that siphoned the building’s electrical lines for power and used liquid chemicals to fertilize the plants.”

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