On May 26, 2017, at approx. 2120 hrs. Paterson Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to 23-25 Church Street Apt. 19 on a report of an apartment fire. Upon their arrival Fire dept. personnel were able to extinguish the fire and discovered that the apartment had been converted into a fully functional marijuana grow house. At this point the officers secured the residence and notified narcotics detectives and our crime scene unit who both responded.
The apartment was photographed and documented and the following items were seized as evidence:
There were two large “Virtual Sun Hydroponics” tents set up, one of which was used to cultivate the Marijuana and the other to dry and harvest it which were both equipped with temperature sensors. The two tents took up most of the space inside of the apartment. The tents had flexible exhaust pipes attached to them which went directly into the air conditioner and then outside. The tents were also equipped with (4) four foot high powered black lights, (2) two foot high powered black lights, (2) grow bright electrical fans, (2) electrical cords with timers, (1) 600 watt electrical ballast, (1) cylindrical black light, (3) 115-120 V heaters, (1) “Honeywell” air filter, and (1) “kindled” grow black light. All these appliances aid with providing an ideal environment for Marijuana to flourish.
In total (40) large 4 or 5 foot marijuana plants were recovered and (1) large glass jar containing a large quantity of dried out marijuana. This case is still under investigation by the narcotics division and we anticipate charges to follow soon.
"Those responsible will be held accountable for this illegal activity in processing illegal Narcotics in our city."