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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alleged Pot-Grower Waives Hearing

The Brockport man who was allegedly running a large-scale marijuana-growing operation in his home has waived his preliminary hearing.

54-year-old James Volpe was charged earlier this month following a four-month long federal investigation.

Police found 65 marijuana plants growing behind a false wall in the basement of Volpe’s home, along with growing equipment and digital scales. They also found more than a pound of methamphetamine, $2,600 in cash, and a pill-making machine with, according to the criminal complaint, hundreds if not thousands of pills. Police also found a .22 caliber handgun in Volpe’s garage.

Back in 2010, Volpe was convicted on federal charges of illegally distributing steroids and illegally possessing guns. He was still on probation from that case when he was arrested on the current charges.

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