Three Capital Region men have been arrested for allegedly growing 300 marijuana plants and having 60 pounds of processed marijuana in a warehouse in Delmar, state police said Wednesday.
Police estimated the value of the crop, when fully grown and harvested, to be more than $500,000.
The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at New Scotland arrested Ray K. Marshall, 43, of Bethlehem, Gino H. Dicarlo, 39, of Albany and Andrew Ventre, 23, of Albany on charges of first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of cannabis.
An unrelated investigation led the state police to 772 Delaware Avenue in Delmar and while at the property, police discovered a large marijuana growing operation inside a warehouse on the property.
Approximately 300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized along with more than 60 pounds of processed marijuana, and marijuana growing equipment including grow lamps, commercial filters, dehumidifiers, exhaust fans, and various plant fertilizers, police said in a written statement.
Marshall, Dicarlo, and Ventre were arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and taken to the Albany County Jail without bail.