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Unadilla man accused of having marijuana grow operation

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - An Unadilla man faces charges after authorities say they found an indoor marijuana grow at his home, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

John Thomas Laing, 53, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree and unlawfully growing cannabis by an unlicensed person.

According to officials, sheriff's investigators conducted a search at Laing's residence and property. Inside Laing's home the following items were seized: more than 10 pounds of marijuana, 95 marijuana plants, 54 cloned marijuana plants, a triple beam balance, about $10,000 in growing equipment and $30,102 in cash, authorities say. According to the DEA, the marijuana had a street value of more than $800,000.

Laing had been arrested in 2004 when he had a large indoor marijuana grow in the Town of Oneonta, according to the sheriff's office.

Steven R. Carpenter, 36, of Guilford was at Laing's home during the execution of the search warrant and was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Laing was being held at the Otsego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to five and a half years in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Albany Drug Enforcement Agency District Office, with assistance from the DEA Northeast Aviation Resident Office and investigators from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and the New York State Police Troop C Major Crimes Unit.

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