What to Know
- Cops busted a suspected marijuana grow house in Queens after they say they recovered a 'large quantity' of plants and equipment in the home
- Cops say they were executing a search warrant at a home on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood on Tuesday and found the illegal operation
- Douglas Waite, 47, is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis
Police in Queens arrested a man after they discovered a suspected marijuana grow house and rounded up a "large quantity" of plants and equipment.
Cops say they were executing a search warrant at a garage on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood on Tuesday and found the illegal operation.
Inside the garage, police said they recovered a large quantity of marijuana plants and equipment. They took a 47-year-old man, who lives next door to the garage, into custody. Video from the scene show detectives carrying several big bags of evidence out of the garage.
Douglas Waite, of Queens, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing cannabis, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, authorities said.
It wasn't immediately known whether Waite had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
The news surprised residents in the area.
"To be right under our noses like that, you know, especially here in Ridgewood, because Ridgewood has always been a calm place. You wouldn't expect nothing here like that," Ridgewood resident Frank Mendez said.
Con Edison said it has shut off the power at the location. The utility company added the meter was bypassed.