Mother and son arrested for marijuana growing operation in Livingston County

It’s a major bust. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office say it’s one of the biggest marijuana growing operations they’ve ever seen. And until 3:00am today, investigators didn’t know it existed. Deputies tell us they were called to Ebert Road in the Town of Nunda for shots fired on the property. What they found was one of the most sophisticated growing operations they’ve ever seen.

61-year-old Diane Bielewicz called police after she said her son 33-year-old Joseph Bielewicz started firing shots from inside their home. When deputies got there, they found hundreds of marijuana plans growing inside Bielewicz’s home, around there property, and in state wildlife preserve just off their property.

Investigators also found more than 20 weapons including shotguns, rifles and handguns. The Livingston County Sheriff says there were also plants growing inside a barn and deputies had to go through fake walls to find them. Investigators say when they got there they also had at least five dogs chained up around the home to stop people from going inside. There were also cameras set up around the house.

Sheriff John York says this is the work of people who knew what they were doing and had been doing it for some time. Sheriff York believes that Bielewicz and her son were supplying marijuana not only to Livingston County, but the Rochester area as well. This is huge, this is a very significant operation. It took the deputies until now from 3:00am to harvest this entire operation. We’re also working with the New York State Police. They brought their helicopter, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Custom Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the prosecution,” said Sheriff York.

Right now, Diane Bielewicz is being charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Joseph Bielewicz is also being charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. They are both being held in the Livingston County Jail because federal and state officials are also involved in this case. More serious charges could be filed.

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