A husband and wife were arrested in Washington County on Monday. Police say they were behind a large scale marijuana growing operation. Karan Tararache has more.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- This all started with a tip that led Cambridge investigators and NYS Narcotics to an indoor marijuana growing facility.
"We were led to believe that. Initially in our interview with the occupant that the indoor grow had been dismantled and wasn't there anymore," said Cambridge Police Chief George Bell.
But it didn't take too long for investigators to find what they were looking for when they reached the basement
"We could hear fans running and we could see water lines so on and so forth running into this room," Bell said.
What they discovered were 70 to 80 marijuana plants all at different maturity stages
Bell said, "One of my officers pushed on what appeared to be a shelving unit in the basement and the door basically popped open almost like you see on TV."
And just like on TV, the reality for homeowners of 7 South Park Street resulted in an arrest. David Juaire, 48, and his wife, Christina Stewart, 49, were charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree.
"A lot of it, they said, is for their head, but maybe it is, I don't know. I find it hard to believe that anybody would spend that kind of money," Bell said.
Sump pumps for water, scales, lights, air filtration systems and purifiers can add up to thousands of dollars.
Bell said, "You don't set up a bug basement in your house just to grow a few plants for your head."