An ill-intentioned informant tipped off the DEA about a hydroponic weed growing operation on Staten Island a little over a week ago and on Monday, authorities moved in. They seized 450 pot plants from the converted auto garage and according to a senior agent, there’s been a steady increase in the number of indoor farms in New York catering to country’s top cash crop.
DEA Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride said his agency has been finding “more and more” indoor labs in the New York area over the past few years. Using hydroponically-grown pot can mean higher profits for local dealers, who don’t have to pay for drugs that are smuggled in from Mexico or Jamaica, he said.
Isn’t that something we should be encouraging? At least it’s made in the USA!