Almost 2,000 marijuana plants that could have been worth close to $2 million at maturity were seized Thursday from a rented house in Bethlehem Park, Lackawanna police reported.
The 1,941 plants, ranging from sprouts to nearly 2-foot stalks, filled six large plastic garbage bags after they were shaken loose from the containers in which they were growing, Capt. Thomas Brooks said. The plants filled an entire floor of the home at 25 Birch St., which police said was rigged with an elaborate growing system controlled by timers.
An Angola man who rented the house about three months ago was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana and with a Public Health Law violation related to growing it.
Scott Miller, 32, of Hickory Road, who was taken into custody at the Birch Street house, was in the city lockup pending arraignment this morning in City Court.
An informant put Detectives Paul Sojda and Allen Knaszak on the case a couple of months ago. When harvest time arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Lackawanna narcotics officers enlisted the help of their counterparts from State Police Troop A and the Army National Guard.
All the windows of the house were taped shut, concealing the crop within, police said.