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High times in the Bronx: 593 marijuana plants found

New York police raided a five-story Bronx building that they believe was being used as a marijuana farm with hundreds of plants in an elaborate growing system.
A search warrant was executed at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday at 610 Morris Park Ave., according to police. Investigators seized 593 plants, some as tall as seven feet, as well as 75 pounds of marijuana that had been cut, dried and packaged in plastic.
Sources told that each floor of the building was used for a different stage of growth for the plants. It had been outfitted with an intricate ventilation and hydration system.
Police they received a tip late last year from a neighbor. They said they checked the building’s electric bill and found it to be sky high. After weeks of surveillance, officers moved in with a search warrant.
The seized plants and packages totaled about 1,550 pounds, officials said.
Investigators said about 50 to 60 pounds of marijuana were being produced each month for a value of about $250,000. Conservative estimates placed marijuana sales from the operation over the past year at about $3 million.
Neighbors in the area told CBS New York they were surprised and never suspected anything.
Three Bronx men, ages 23, 24 and 25, were arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.