A 40-year-old Rosendale man is in jail after a Sunday morning chimney fire led to the discovery of an indoor marijuana grow operation.
Yesterday morning at around 6:30 a.m., the Rosendale Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 359 Main St. Firefighters extinguished the fire with no damage to the residence and no injuries reported. The home was occupied by the caller and resident, Vance Riley.
While inside the residence, the fire department located an indoor marijuana growing and processing operation and notified Rosendale Police. Detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team were also called to assist. A search warrant was obtained and a search of the residence yielded about twelve pounds of marijuana, a rifle, shotgun, and other equipment for growing marijuana, packaging material and records.
Police said the street value of the seized marijuana is estimated at $10,000.
Riley was arraigned in the Town of Rosendale Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail to reappear on a later date.