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Ex-UAlbany investigator, husband admit growing marijuana

Ex-UAlbany investigator, husband admit growing marijuana

A decorated former University at Albany investigator and her husband admitted this week in federal c

A decorated former University at Albany investigator and her husband admitted this week in federal court to running a marijuana growing operation in Duanesburg.

Records show Wendy Knoebel, 48, and her husband, Kenneth, 43, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Kenneth Knoebel pleaded guilty today, while his wife pleaded guilty Thursday.

As part of their plea deals, they agreed not to appeal any sentence they received up to five years in prison. Their final sentences, though, won’t be set until they return to court in April. The maximum sentence on the charge they pleaded guilty to is 40 years.

State police and agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided the couple’s home on Suits Road in Duanesburg in May and reported finding roughly 200 plants growing in a pole barn, along with equipment used to cultivate marijuana. They also recovered small amounts of marijuana from the couple's home, as well as other evidence suggesting they were running the growing operation, according to the federal papers.

Investigators found a written contract to build a radiant heat floor for the barn in Wendy Knoebel‘s name. They also found a workout schedule in her name that was inserted in a plastic bag with the words “grow room” written on the outside. State police discovered a three-room hydroponics system containing the plants. Also seized were drug paraphernalia, growing equipment and processed marijuana.

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