- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man who ran a large-scale marijuana grow operation in a warehouse and home in Newark has been sentenced to prison.

Thirty-two-year-old David Companioni, of West New York, was sentenced to 20 years in state prison by an Essex County judge Friday.

Companioni was convicted in August of drug charges after state police arrested him and a co-defendant in January 2012.

Authorities say the observed him purchasing items from a hardware store to be used to construct an irrigation system for the high-grade marijuana. They followed him to a warehouse in Newark.

Co-defendant Aday Fernandez pleaded guilty in April. The 34-year-old West New York man is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13.

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