104th captain praises officers for shutting down Ridgewood pot farm
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 27, 2013 | 7165 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After the 104th Precinct got a call of an alleged “pot farm” on Oct. 15, officers stepped into action and ultimately shut down the the illicit farming operation.

Last week, they were honored by the 104th Precinct Community Council for their hard work.

While patrolling the area, officers saw one male suspect exiting the Ridgewood warehouse at 615 Cody Ave., but when they attempted to confront him, he flipped his car into reverse and drove backwards up the street.

The following morning, 104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson said they obtained a warrant from the district attorney’s office and raided the facility, where they found 580 marijuana plants at roughly six to seven feet tall.

“It was a very plain warehouse,” Manson said. “You wouldn’t have thought twice if you were just driving down the street.”

The suspect nearly struck a child riding a skateboard during a high speed pursuit that led to his arrest near Seneca Avenue and Norman Street. He had a previous federal record of narcotics violations.

Manson suggested that the plants confiscated in the warehouse were thought to have potentially generated $15 million on the street in one year.

“He’s going away for a long time,” Manson assured. “A whole lot of marijuana isn’t going on the street because of the actions they took that night.”

Officer were presented with an award at the council's monthly meeting last week at Christ the King High School on Metropolitan Ave.

“These are the guys in the unmarked cars at night making all the good arrests,” Manson said. “These are the guys that are out there working all night until three or four in the morning and they target the worst of the worst.”

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