Multimillion-dollar marijuana operation uncovered in Metuchen

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Two men — one from Monroe and one from New York — have been arrested and charged in connection with operating a multimillion-dollar marijuana growing and distribution business in a Metuchen warehouse.

Eddie Chan, 42, of Monroe and Albert Chan, 42, of Queens, New York, who are not related, were arrested Monday following a six-week investigation, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Metuchen Police Chief David Irizarry and Monroe Police Chief Michael Lloyd.

The investigation was conducted by the Metuchen Police Department, with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homelands Security Investigations,  the Monroe Police Department, the Woodbridge Police Canine Unit, the New Jersey State Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The two men were each charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute in a school zone, maintaining a drug facility, and possession of drug manufacturing and distribution equipment.

Detectives seized 161 marijuana plants, 16 pounds of marijuana ready for distribution, production equipment and packaging material.

The investigation revealed that the men were growing marijuana plants and packaging marijuana at a Liberty Street warehouse, not far from St. Joseph High School and Campbell Elementary School.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information may call the Metuchen Police Department at 732-632-8500.

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