YORK – A man with an apparent knack for gardening was arrested on Saturday following an investigation into his residence by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Cory Whitney, 46, of York, was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the second degree, class D Felony, and Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, a class A misdemeanor, after a road patrol Deputy Sheriff found an illegal marijuana grow at his residence.
It is alleged that Whitney was growing multiple marijuana plants, which were both inside and outside his home. According to New York State Penal Law § 221.25, a person has to possess 16 ounces or more of marijuana, or a mixture containing marijuana, to be charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree. This charge is potentially punishable by 1 to 2½ years in prison.
Since it was live, growing plants that were seized, the weight of the plants may change as the plants dry.
Sheriff Dougherty added that the grow operation was discovered during an investigation into a separate matter at his residence back in August of this year.
Whitney was arraigned in York Town Court, and released to appear at a later date.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Investigator Bradley Schneider of the Criminal Investigations Division and Road Patrol Sergeant Joseph Breu, who located the grow operation.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cory Whitney mugshot. Photo courtesy of LCSO.