- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Police have discovered a marijuana-growing operation in a Bronx apartment building not far from another pot lab that was the scene of a fatal explosion.

The NYPD said Tuesday that officers responded to an unoccupied basement apartment after residents reported smelling marijuana and chemicals. Officers found about 90 plants inside, along with heaters and air filters.

Police said investigators also found evidence that the grower stole power by splicing the main electrical line in a way that bypassed the meter.

Last week, authorities responding to the report of a gas leak at another Bronx home discovered a marijuana farm there before an explosion killed a firefighter. Investigators suspect that two men arrested for growing the pot may have tampered with the gas line.

There were no arrests in Tuesday’s case.

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