Police found 593 marijuana plants growing inside a five-story building near the Bronx Zoo on Tuesday and arrested three Bronx men for running a massive drug ring. The suspects — 24-year-old Brian Munoz, 25-year-old Diego Reyes and 23-year-old Victor Reyes — were charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say the three suspects ran a “sophisticated operation” that took up all five floors at 610 Morris Park Avenue, and the building had a watering system, electrical system, carbon dioxide system and a ventilation system to help the high-grade marijuana grow.
Three Charged With Massive Marijuana Ring In The Bronx there were also 75 pounds of cut, dried and packaged marijuana found in the building. Some of the marijuana plants reached a height of 7 feet, and all the confiscated plants’ yield would have had a street value of at least $8 million. Together, the dried marijuana and plants weighed about 1,550 pounds.
Police estimate that the three suspects made at least $3 million in drug sales last year. While some neighbors told NY1 they did not realize a large drug operation was taking place in the area, but others suspected something was afoot. “I’ve been here for eight years and never did I ever smell this. This is crazy,” said a local.
“It’s surprising that I didn’t know something like this was going on,” said another. “I smelled it all the time, I live right on Fillmore [Street]. It’s crazy,” said a third. After receiving community complaints and conducting a two-month investigation, police finally got a search warrant for the location on Tuesday.
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