$10 million in pot goes up in smoke in New Jersey

Pot growing
By: Debbie Gross

That is the end to a huge pot growing business in New Jersey.

The police smelled $10 million in marijuana plants, the biggest pot growing shut down in the history of New Jersey, state police said Wednesday.

Officers detected the odor of marijuana floating up the chimney of a house in Monroe Township last month and found a man inside burning unusable parts of marijuana plants in the fire, police said. A search of the house appeared to find more than 1,000 marijuana plants.

This discovery led authorities to five houses in the city of Millstone, Old Bridge, Manahawkin and Manalapan. More than 3,300 plants, 115 kilograms of marijuana harvest and $65,000 cash were seized there, authorities said.

Thu N. Nguyen, 44, a Canadian citizen who was detained in the county jail on bail or cash of $1 million, was accused of having a crop plant of marijuana and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

The other two, Tuan A. Dang, 35, of Port Monmouth and H. Ngoc Bui, 35, of Old Bridge, both naturalized U.S. citizens, were arrested after authorities raided the residence in Millstone. They face the same charges and bail amount as Nguyen.