Large marijuana grow busted in Wayne County

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of an Arcadia man following a two-month investigation into an unlicensed indoor cannabis grow.

Deputies arrested Danny DiSantis, 39, of Arcadia for first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. According to deputies, he possessed 10 pounds or more of marijuana, which resulted in a felony charge.

Investigators say they received information that DeSantis was growing cannabis on his property, and after investigators successfully secured a search warrant, it was determined that one building on DiSantis’ property was exuding an abnormally high amount of heat.

Investigators used thermal imaging to make the determination that since there was no electricity in the building that it be possible there was a grow operation taking place inside.

With this information, and additional investigation techniques, another search warrant was requested and subsequently issued by Arcadia Town Justice Art Williams. Upon the service of the new search warrant, it was discovered that a pole barn that sits on the property was in fact growing the plant known as cannabis.

Approximately 300 cannabis plants, in various states of growth, were located in the pole barn. The pole barn, approximately 30 feet wide by 50 feet long, was designed with three different “grow” rooms, one large “drying” room, and an office area where further processing of the plant was conducted, producing the end product, marijuana.

Also located on the property was a highly concentrated form of THC, street names of “Dabs”, and “Butane Butter”. Also located on the property was several pounds of marihuana sealed in half pound heat sealed plastic bags, approximately 13 pounds, with more to be weight by the laboratory.

Due to DeSantis’ prior felony criminal history, and the current felony charge against him, he was remanded to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Jail pending a preliminary hearing.

Further investigation is being conducted in the suspected theft of services related to electric usage. It was discovered that DeSantis had circumvented the electric meter by splicing onto the electric feed-line before the meter goes into his home.

NYSEG was contacted and responded to the scene to assist deputies with determining the splicing locations. Newark Police also assisted with the scene as well.

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