Posted at: 09/23/2013 5:01 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2013 11:31 PM
By: WNYT Staff / Dan Levy
Police work to remove a marijuana growing operation from a home on South Park Street in Cambridge, Washington County.
Dan Levy / WNYT
CAMBRIDGE - The police chief in Cambridge says he’s uprooted a major marijuana growing operation in the center of town.
It took police all afternoon to remove the plants, hydration hoses, and infrared lights from 7 South Park Street – four houses down from the intersection with Main Street.
The husband and wife suspects, 44-year old David Juaire and 45-year old Christina Stewart, initially stayed home as everything was dismantled.
They were taken to be arraigned late Monday afternoon and face charges of Criminal Possession of Marijuana 3rd degree (felony), and Criminally Growing Marijuana.
Cambridge Police Chief George Bell says the address had been under investigation for quite some time, and an operation this size has a negative impact on Cambridge and surrounding communities.
“High speed ventilators. We could hear them running. We just couldn’t see the room. It wasn’t like, wide open. We kept feeling our way around the wall…There was a trap door. It looked like a shelf, numerous shelves. We just touched it and the door swung open. They went in and it was all sealed off. We found four individual rooms within this one big room, all in various stages of growing,” said Chief Bell.
Juaire is a self-employed contractor, who, according to police, used his carpentry skills to build the secret hiding place in the basement. Stewart works for a business in town.
The couple is free on recognizance and is due back in court October 28th.