Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to 5 years in prison for growing 100+ marijuana plants



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BUFFALO, New York — A former Buffalo police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for running a large-scale marijuana-growing operation.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (HOH-kul) says 44-year-old Jorge Melendez also must pay a $300,000 fine and forfeit an SUV, Harley Davidson motorcycle, 36-foot speed boat and seven guns.

Melendez was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Buffalo. He was one of three people arrested in 2012 after being seen on surveillance video tending to more than 100 marijuana plants inside a city warehouse. Investigators later found two other growing locations, a second warehouse and a home.

Melendez pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants.

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