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Body and pot growing operation found at North Buffalo house

Buffalo police discovered "no outward signs of foul play" in the death of 40-year-old man found Friday morning in his residence on Carmel Road, said a police spokesman.

Concern by family members for his well-being resulted in the discovery just after 9:15 a.m. in the 100 block of Carmel, police said.

Police had to force their way inside the residence at Carmel Road when no one answered the door. Once inside the residence, police discovered the man's body, said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo Police Department spokesman.

Investigating officers also found what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation at the house. They also found glass test tubes, prompting them to call in the Buffalo Fire Department's HAZMAT team.

"They were being  cautious," a police officer said. HAZMAT units are sometimes called to scenes of suspected drug labs because chemicals used in some drug making operations, particularly crystal methamphetamine, is highly toxic.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the man's cause of death, DeGeorge said.

Detectives said the victim also had a Tonawanda address. The man's name was not released.



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