A man arrived home only to be arrested on drug charges by Suffolk police who were called there to investigate a burglary.
An adult and juvenile were arrested a short time after Wednesday's burglary at 3800 Pughsville Road, but police went in to make sure no one else was inside.
That's when police say they found an “elaborate home marijuana growing operation” that included marijuana plants and equipment.
"We have seen and made arrest of grow operations, do it frequently," said Lt. Debbie George of the Suffolk Police Dept. "But, usually it's one or two plants growing in flowers. This person went to a lot of work."
Daniel Paul Estellia, 24, arrived home and was arrested on one charge of felony manufacturing of marijuana.
Police say Estellia turned his entire trailer into a greenhouse.
Even in the closet, there weren't clothes hanging, but hangers holding marijuana plants growing," said George.
Neighbors say Estellia and a woman moved to the neighbrohood about a year ago, and pretty much kept to themselves. Some tell 13News they were not suprised by what officers discovered inside the couple's trailer.
"Chris said, 'Mom, no wonder it smells so smoky,'" said neighbor Diane Wellings.
In all, police seized 20 plants with a street value of more than $160,000. Estellia has been charged with manufacturing marijuana and now faces five to 30 years in jail if convicted.
The home has been condemned, police added.
now theres a conundrum. you've been robbed. you should call the police but maybe they willfind your elaborate dope growing factory. what to do.
hey asshole, dont call the cops..............