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Marijuana grow house raided in Englewood Cliffs, four arrested

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : The quiet, affluent town of Englewood Cliffs proved the perfect setting for an “elaborate and sophisticated” pot grow house, said authorities who arrested four men and seized 158 plants, growing equipment and two fully-loaded semi-automatic handguns.

Carlos Baez, Manuel Ortega, Freicy Batista-Matos, Genny Delacruz

Acting on a tip, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, the Englewood Cliffs Police Department, and the DEA began investigating reports of a grow house operated out of a 5,000-square-foot house at 114 Roberts Road that Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Freicy Batista-Matos of Teaneck, who is unemployed, rented for $7,000 a month.

On Thursday, detectives grabbed the four as they were leaving and, armed with a search warrant, had a look around. They found the plants in the basement, Molinelli said.

Held on $100,000 bail each at the Bergen County Jail:

Batista-Matos, 32, of 104 Park Avenue, Teaneck;
Carlos Baez, who turns 33 on Saturday, of the Bronx;
Genny Delacruz, 35, also of the Bronx;
Manuel Ortega, 25, of Brooklyn;

Charges include pot possession, maintaining a drug facility, and illegal weapons possession, among other counts.

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