Chester County drug raid yields marijuana plants, growing equipment and a marmoset – Reading Eagle
Chester County authorities announced Tuesday that they busted a significant marijuana-growing operation in North Coventry Township.
They said they found more than 100 mature marijuana plants, the tools needed to grow them and a monkey.
Police Chief Bob Schurr said three men believed to be behind the illegal drug operation were arrested Friday after police found them trying to drive away from the house in the 900 block of Malvern Drive as the search warrant was being served.
Berto Quinones, 41, William Delgado, 46, and Yordanky Hevia-Martinez, 34, were charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs and related offenses.
Quinones lived in the house, but the other two men gave Florida addresses.
All three were committed to Chester County Prison following arraignment before District Judge Nancy A. Gill. Bail for Delgado and Hevia-Martinez was set at $250,000 each, while bail for Quinones was set at $100,000.
Schurr said the men — all Cuban — are in the country legally but are not U.S. residents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been notified.
“This was a sophisticated grow operation,” District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said in a statement. “The defendants, with ties to Cuba and Florida, clearly are part of an organized criminal network.
“It was their bad luck to try an operation like this in Chester County.”
Schurr said police were first alerted to the operation in late 2014 after a hunter told the Pennsylvania Game Commission that he smelled marijuana coming from the home.
He said his officers worked hard to collect the evidence needed to obtain a search warrant.
And when police served the search warrant they said they found 124 mature marijuana plants, lighting equipment, fertilizer, fans and other items used to grow the plants.
They also found the men had