Marijuana-growing operation found
NEW SCOTLAND — An investigation started over six months ago led to the arrest of a New Scotland resident on Jan. 29. Lawrence Eaton, 56, was arrested by Troop G Bureau of Criminal Investigation for growing and possessing marijuana illegally.
Police said they found over 50 plants in various growth stages in Eaton’s home.
“The investigation started with a tip and a Trooper subsequently looking into the situation,” said Trooper Mark Cepiel, spokesman for the New York State Police Troop G.
The investigation included interviews with neighbors and other area residents, as well as “keeping an eye on things,” Cepiel said. He would not disclose Eaton’s address.
The investigators were granted a warrant by the New Scotland town judge based on evidence they gathered through interviews as well as public domain accessibility, said Cepiel.
“When you put your garbage out on the road for pickup, it’s no longer yours,” Cepiel said. “It’s accessible by the public.”
The trash contained “items relating to the growing of cannabis,” said Cepiel, declining to elaborate on what those items were.
A release described his operation as having “professional-style lighting, ventilation, and nutrients.” The release also said police are continuing to investigate marijuana sales in New Scotland.
Eaton was charged with unlawful growing of cannabis and possession of marijuana — both are misdemeanors. He will appear in New Scotland Town Court today, Feb. 6.