Man illegally growing weed on leased farmland nabbed after landowner applies for a tax break

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A 57-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. man faces cannabis-related charges after the owner of farmland he was leasing in South Jersey applied for a tax assessment reduction, spurring a probe that revealed his large-scale, illegal grow-op. In all, 500-plus mature cannabis plants estimated to have a street value of US$750,000 ($960,000) were found in greenhouses, pole barns and other buildings on the property, notes a statement from the Office of the Burlington County Prosecutor . Investigators also found about 1,000 seedlings, “many of which were aided by a lighting and heating system to promote faster growth,” the statement adds. Have 23 kilograms of weed stashed in the house? Then don’t call police to report a suspected robbery Scottish police probing weekend fire stumble upon weed grow-op Police responding to burgled building stumble upon thriving grow-op The grow, however, may have continued to go undetected if not for the landowner’s application to the township for a tax assessment reduction under the New Jersey Farmland Assessment Act . “The application was rejected after a peripheral inspection of the property by the municipal tax assessor determined it was not being used for farming or agricultural purposes,” reports the prosecutor’s office. But the landowner appealed, kicking off a subsequent, more detailed on-site inspection that, ultimately, revealed the illicit grow-op. “We appreciate the tax assessor living up to the important motto, ‘If you see something, say something,’” Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina says in the statement. “His information directly led to the interdiction of this substantial illegal drug operation,” Coffina says. Weiming Liu faces a first-degree charge of manufacturing 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) or more of marijuana and a third-degree charge of possessing a controlled dangerous substance. Liu was taken into custody last week after a vehicle stop and has since been released, the prosecutor’s office reports.…

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