According to law enforcement, Stanhope NJ police were first made aware of the possible drug crime when a concerned citizen notified police. A Stanhope sergeant was working a construction detail at the intersection of Route 183 and Main Street when the citizen approached him.
The police officer learned that drug activity was possibly occurring at a residence located across the street from the construction detail.
The Stanhope officer went across the street and looked at the house in question. The officer reportedly noticed what appeared to be marijuana plants alongside the home.
The police officer then notified a Stanhope NJ detective about what he observed. The detective got in touch with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and continued the investigation into the 51-year-old suspect.
After obtaining a warrant, Stanhope police placed the suspect under arrest.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence allegedly turned up 63 marijuana plants growing outside the home. This was the largest seizure of pot plants in the history of the Stanhope Police Department.
The suspect has been charged with first degree distribution of marijuana.
The suspect later secured his release from police custody by posting an undisclosed bail amount.
To learn more about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Stanhope Man Charged with Growing Pot Next to House.”