Cambria Heights Duo Charged with Running Pot Farm

Cambria Heights Duo Charged with Running Pot Farm

Photo: Two women were charged last week with operating a marijuana farm in Cambria Heights. Courtesy of NYPD.

Two Cambria Heights women last week were charged with growing “scores of pot plants” on the second-floor of their residence using more than $64,000 worth of electricity stolen from Con Edison, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Larraysha Conklin, 28, and Julene Mercano, 50, were arraigned last Thursday on a criminal complaint charging them with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and theft of service. They were released on their own recognizance and ordered to return on Aug. 6.

According to the charges, 105th Precinct cops last Monday executed a court-authorized search warrant at the defendants’ residence and allegedly recovered multiple designer handbags, $10,000 in cash, multiple cellular phones, and a chemical storage tank bearing the name of Lawrence Conklin.

In a separate bedroom on the main floor, police allegedly recovered multiple laptops and cellular phones, and from the living room they allegedly recovered an Apple watch and an Apple laptop.

Cops discovered that the 2nd floor was divided into a west room, an east room and a common area.  From the west room, police allegedly recovered 20 marijuana plants, all of which were approximately 5-feet high. From the east room, Brown said, police allegedly recovered 21 plants, all of which were approximately 5-feet high. In both the west and east rooms, police allegedly observed multiple 1000 watt lights, power fans, air-conditioning units, dehumidifiers and carbon dioxide generators which are commonly used in the growing of marijuana plants.

Cops also saw multiple transformers, and that a Con Ed representative observed multiple lines that were being used to manipulate the service boxes to the residence. The estimated bill for unmetered service at the location between May 31, 2013, and last Monday was approximately $64,792. Mercado’s electric bills allegedly represented only a fraction of the amount of electricity being used at the location.

If convicted, Conklin and Mercano face up to 15 years in prison.

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