Father, sons charged in Niskayuna pot growing operation

grow houseFrom left, Dean M. Robbins, Conor Robbins and Dean V. Robbins III were charged in connection with a residential marijuana grow operation in Niskayuna.

STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — A father and two sons are facing marijuana growing charges after a police investigation and Wednesday morning raid that uncovered more than 600 marijuana plants and a processing facility in a private home, state police said.

State police have been investigating the home in the town’s Avon Crest neighborhood for the past couple months, state police said.

They raided the home with Niskayuna police around 9 a.m. and arrested all three suspects without incident, state police Senior Investigator Drew McDonald said.

In all, police found more than 600 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of processed marijuana and about $30,000 in cash inside the home, state police said.

“It’s a pretty large operation for a private residence,” McDonald said. “Definitely every bit of space was being utilized for it.”

A state police provided picture shows two lines of full trays with dozens of plants.

The three people arrested also lived there, McDonald said.

Charged were Dean V. Robbins III, 58, and his sons Dean M. Robbins, 25, and Conor J. Robbins, 21.

State police did not identify the location of the home, but Dean Robbins III is listed in county records as the owner of a home on Oxford Way, two streets south of Avon Crest Boulevard.

All three men face one count each of first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and unlawfully growing cannabis.

Niskayuna Town Court arraigned all three later Wednesday and ordered them held on bails ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

McDonald said the investigation is continuing, including how the men were routing the processed marijuana. No sale charges have been filed.

McDonald said police used multiple avenues to get to Wednesday’s raid. “Every resource available to us was used,” he said.

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