Police seize marijuana grow operation in Johnsonburg

JOHNSONBURG – A Johnsonburg man is facing drug charges after authorities, in raiding his home, uncovered what is being called a "sophisticated and substantial" marijuana-growing operation at the residence.According to affidavits, Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit were notified of the existence of a marijuana-growing operation at the 433 Second Ave. home of Edward Joseph Pisani, 54, by a phone call from an unidentified source on Sept. 4. According to the affidavit, the caller stated that there was marijuana being grown and stored at Pisani's residence and approximately 200 marijuana plants being cured in the living room. A second individual told police that while at Pisani's residence in the winter of 2011, he observed approximately 80 to 120 live marijuana plants, each approximately two to three feet in height, adding that just a few months later he witnessed 800 live marijuana plants growing in the upstairs of Pisani's residence. The individual said that in subsequent visits to Pisani's residence, he observed "large plastic bags of processed marijuana" and on one particular instance in the summer of 2012 "a very large bag of processed marijuana." With this information serving as grounds for a search warrant, on Sept. 5 an application was made for a search warrant on Pisani's residence for violations of the Controlled Substance Drug Device and Cosmetic Act and granted by District Judge George A. "Tony" King.