Two Bogota NJ Men Allegedly Grew, Distributed Marijuana Out of Residence
Bogota NJ police arrested two local men accused of growing and selling marijuana out of their home.
The Bogota Police Department got a call about possible drug activity at a home located on Homestead Place in Bogota, New Jersey. The Bogota police chief later issued a press release stating that the police department got information that one of the suspects, a 67-year-old male, was manufacturing and possibly distributing marijuana out of the residence.
Bogota NJ police later obtained a search warrant and served it at the home. During a subsequent search of the residence, police reportedly discovered 13 marijuana plants. Authorities said that some of the pot plants were found in what is believed to be a growing room. The room allegedly had professional growing lights and a ventilation system.
Additionally, police officers allegedly seized approximately $20,000 in cash from the house.
The two suspects were roommates: the 67-year-old target of the investigation and another 67-year-old man. Bogota police placed both suspects under arrest without incident.
They suspects were charged with several drug offenses, including marijuana possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), and conspiracy.
If the suspects are ultimately convicted of marijuana distribution, they would be subject to stiff penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, possession with intent to distribute in excess of one ounce of marijuana is a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree marijuana distribution charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspects were taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. The suspects are being held at the correctional facility on separate $60,000 bail amounts.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Pair of 67-Year-Olds Allegedly Had Pot Plants, Report Says.”