Esperance N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a routine traffic stop by state troopers leads to the discovery of more than 400 marijuana plants growing in four separate locations in a rural upstate New York town.
State police say troopers stopped a vehicle on Tuesday in the Schoharie County town of Esperance, 25 miles northwest of Albany.
While questioning the driver, troopers received information that led to an investigation into pot being grown nearby. With the help of the New York Air National Guard and sheriff's deputies, troopers seized 460 marijuana plants at four locations in the town.
They also seized hydroponic equipment and $2,000 in cash.
Troopers say two men from the town aged 58 and 64 have been charged with unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor. The younger man also faces felony drug charges.
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