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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

1,000 Marijuana Plants Worth $3 Million Busted

$3M Worth of Pot Found in Catt. Co.

Two people have been arrested after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants at their house in a sophisticated growing operation.

70-year-old Joseph Tigano and 44-year-old Joseph Tigano III were picked p after a federal search warrant was issued for their home on Mill Street in the Village of Cattaraugus.

The plants would have a street value of $3,000,000. Police also found about $25,000 in cash and several guns at the house. They also found more than 80 pounds of packaged marijuana with an estimated street value of $400,000.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department says this was one of the most highly sophisticated operations in Western New York.

The Tiganos were taken to federal court in Buffalo for arraignment and are in the custody of US Marshals.

The FBI, US Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS, New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Aviation Unit and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force helped in the investigation, which started in February.

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