Police seize 1,100 marijuana plants, 28 lbs. of pot in illegal grow house...
Police arrested four New Jersey men and confiscated 1,163 potted marijuana plants and 28 pounds of packaged marijuana after discovering they were operating an illegal grow house in Newark, authorities said.
Edward Qarabashi, 29, of Newark; Michael Emma, 38, of Fairfield; Juan Trinidad, 33, of Paterson and Paul Sayegh, 37, of Clifton were arrested Jan. 16 for running the Mount Pleasant Avenue facility on Jan. 16, the New Jersey State Police said.
All four men were charged with multiple drug crimes, including conspiracy to grow, cultivate and harvest marijuana. Qarabashi was also charged with two gun crimes.
The raid followed a five-month investigation by the State Police’s Crime Suppression North Unit, which discovered the operation at a Newark warehouse.
The detectives executed a search warrant at the warehouse and a home in Clifton. The four men were arrested at different locations. Police seized marijuana plants and packages, a .22-caliber handgun and equipment used to grow and cultivate marijuana.
As of Thursday, Emma and Trindad were being held in Essex County Jail, while Qarabashi and Trinidad had been released from custody, according to Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
All four are scheduled to appear in Essex County Superior Court on Feb. 24.