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Police discover Cambridge drug operation behind false door


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. – Police say they uncovered a grow operation behind a false door in Cambridge on Monday.

The discovery was made at 7 South Park Street at about 1 p.m., and officers are now working to bring all of the uncovered materials up from the underground basement hiding spot.  Police say the entire grow operation was actually hidden behind a trap door, with a street value of $10,000 in drugs and $4,000 in equipment. 

Two are in custody, and Chief George Bell says this was the culmination of three weeks of work.

"It's a huge undertaking, again this isn't something that just cropped up an hour ago," said Chief Bell.

David Juaire, 44, and Christina Stewart, 45, are charged with Unlawful Growing of Cannabis and felony Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the third-degree.

This is the second major marihuana drug bust in Cambridge in just a few weeks. The chief says they could smell and see signs of the grow operation when they went to the house to investigate.

"We could hear the fans running we could see electrical components and water components running into the room," he said.

And almost by accident they stumbled upon the set up.

"We by mistake just pushed on what appeared to be a shelving unit, and the door popped open," he said.

There were a total of four different hidden rooms -- all with insulation and tin foil on the walls and ceiling. Bell says the set up was meant to produce plants year-round. Neighbors say they're well aware that the drugs are in their town, but they hope the extra effort by police lately will continue to catch those breaking the law.

"We're not going to tolerate it, we'll find it, and we'll get you," said Bell.

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