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Police Raid Pot Growing Operation in Coeymans

Investigators found marijuana plants strewn across more than 60 acres. Investigators found marijuana plants strewn across more than 60 acres.

Weapons and more than 100 pot plants were found in a big drug bust at a rural Albany County home. Police made the raid in Coeymans Wednesday morning, arresting two people at a filthy home on Copeland Hill Road.

Investigators are calling it a mid-level pot growing operation. More than 100 plants inside, at least 17 rifles and other drugs, all in squalid conditions.

Joseph Hunter and Patrick Quinlvan, Jr. are charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor growing cannabis without a license. Even more charges are pending.

Sheriff's say the two men that allegedly grew all the pot were meticulous about how they did it. They would mix gallons of fertilizer a vat, take a pump, dump it in, and the fertilizer would run through a hose that runs through a wall.

The hose leads into an adjacent room where they could easily grab the end of the hose, walk right over and fertilize more than two dozen plants sitting underneath grow lights.

"They ordered seeds out of Europe and they ordered certain seeds because certain types of marijuana will grow better in certain areas, certain soil types," said Inspector John Burke, with the Albany County Sheriff's Office.

Police dogs searched for evidence or more drugs inside, as animal control officers cared for three neglected dogs outside. All three dogs were taken to a shelter.

Investigators found newly potted seedlings, plants under growing lights, and plants strewn across more than 60 acres.

"They can open it up and they can do a lot more outside because you have the room and the water and the nutrients outside and you can grow a lot more than you can inside," Burke said.

Investigators spent Wednesday afternoon hunting for those plants, which they believe would have ended up on the streets not far from where they are grown.

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