Cops: Man Running Marijuana Growing
Operation in Cold Spring is Illegal Alien
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force has released more information about the weekend arrest of a Chinese national accused of running a marijuana growing operation in Cattaraugus County.
31-year-old Xiao Xia Tang is jailed on charges of theft of services and unlawful growing of marijuana. Tang is also an illegal alien, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been notified.
Friday night, a raid of Tang’s Cold Spring home by several law enforcement agencies uncovered 1,162 marijuana plants worth more than $2 million. They also found about $10,000 worth of marijuana-growing equipment.
The Olean and Jamestown offices of the drug task force, as well as the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force and New York State Police Community Enforcement Team were involved in the investigation and the raid.
Photos courtesy of the Southern Tier Regionanl Drug Task Force/Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office