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Hackensack couple charged in neighborhood pot-growing operation

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Hackensack police today charged a man and woman with operating a marijuana-growing facility discovered yesterday by city firefighters in a basement apartment on a quiet street.

Franciso Henao Botero, who turns 54 this Saturday, was being held on $750,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, while Vicenta Encarnacio, 38, was being held on $500,00 bail, following yesterday’s discovery on Pine Street.

101 Pine Street

Both are charged with operating a fortified drug facility, drug distribution, hindering arrest and child endangerment, among other offenses.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported just after midnight this morning that police raided the home after city firefighters responding to a stove fire discovered the operation ( SEE: Hackensack marijuana growing operation had lighting, irrigation, more, police director says ).

The Pine Street residence “was wired with grow lights, had an irrigation system and had several pallets of fertilizer,” City Police Director Michael Mordaga said.

“It was a major operation,” the director said.

The flash fire was quickly extinguished around 5:30 p.m.

An investigation was continuing.

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