Brooklyn is not known as a hotbed of marijuana farming, but federal park police yesterday found a jungle of marijuana plants hidden in a marshy bird sanctuary at an abandoned airfield there, Newsday reports. Two men were arrested.
More than 200 mature plants standing at least 5 feet tall with an estimated worth of $500,000 were dug up. “It was like a real garden,” said a U.S. Park Police officer. Raiders had to use bulldozers to get to the, which is off the beaten path for bird watchers who frequent the area.
Authorities believed yesterday’s harvest was one of the largest caches of marijuana plants ever found growing outdoors in the New York metropolitan area.