On Saturday, Mount Vernon, NY city firefighters discovered an elaborate marijuana grow hidden below the former location of Fabulous Flowers, a flower shop that moved across town prior to this incident.
The incident started when a neighboring business called the Fire Department to report a water leak around 4 PM. When officers arrived, water was flowing from the building. Firefighters prepared to break in to stop the leak, but a passerby told firefighters they had seen someone inside the building.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Al Everett, “Two people came out and saw the firefighters and left the scene. They didn’t hang around to be identified.”
Police have still not found the two men.
Once they went inside the building, firefighters discovered an elaborate marijuana grow with over 300 plants inside. Officers also discovered tools for growing marijuana as well as paraphernalia for packaging it.
The marijuana is estimated to be worth approximately $250,000.
Mount Vernon detectives did not have anywhere to store the marijuana plants, so they called in the DEA. The DEA is now helping the police department in the investigation.