Great Kills Fire Exposes Marijuana Lab

By Kari Patey and Alice McQuillan
|  Thursday, Sep 9, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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Great Kills Fire Exposes Marijuana Lab

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BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: Marijuana clones are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late yesterday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Firefighters faced more than flames during a series of fires in Great Kills, Staten Island on Wednesday, NBCNewYork has learned.

A law enforcement source said the FDNY and NYPD sniffed out a marijuana lab while responding to a fire at the Brower Court apartments.

Louis Ventafredda, 28, is accused of growing pot plans in his top-floor apartment, according to officials.

He wasn't home when authorities got a whiff of his alleged illegal activity Wednesday afternoon, but he was arrested later that night.

Ventafredda was charged with a felony count of marijuana possession and a misdemeanor count of drug possession, officials said.


   

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