PATERSON, N.J. -- Firefighters dousing a Paterson apartment blaze discovered a "fully functional" marijuana grow house outfitted with equipment -- along with more than three dozen large pot plants, authorities said.
Responders to Friday night's Church Street fire found two large "virtual sun hydroponic tents" -- one used to culivate and the other to dry and harvest the marijuana -- with temperature sensors, Police Director Jerry Speziale said.
"The two tents took up most of the space inside of the apartment" and had "flexible exhaust pipes attached to them that went directly into the air conditioner and then outside," Speziale said.
They also had four 4-foot-high black lights, two foot-high black lights, two electrical fans, heaters and filters, as well as electrical cords with timers and electrical ballast -- all of which "aid in providing an ideal environment for marijuana to flourish," he said.
Speziale's officers seized 40 four-or-five-foot pot plants and a glass jar containing what the director called a large amount of dried-out marijuana.
"This case is still under investigation by the Narcotics Division, and we anticipate charges to follow soon," he said.
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