A Wayne County man has been arrested on a felony drug charge after a two-month investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office allegedly revealed that he was cultivating and processing hundreds of marijuana plants on his property. 39-year-old Danny DeSantis of Arcadia, was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of 10 pounds or more of marijuana, a Class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and unlawful growing of cannabis, a Class A misdemeanor.

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A Wayne County man has been arrested on a felony drug charge after a two-month investigation by the Sheriff’s Office allegedly revealed that he was cultivating and processing hundreds of marijuana plants on his property.

Danny DeSantis, 39, of 3981 Buffalo Road in Arcadia, was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of 10 pounds or more of marijuana, a Class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and unlawful growing of cannabis, a Class A misdemeanor.

Investigators had received information that DeSantis might be growing cannabis, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported, and were able to secure a warrant allowing for the use of thermal imaging to monitor the property. The technology showed that one of the buildings on DeSantis’ property was admitting an abnormal amount of heat for a building with no known source of electricity.

With this information and additional investigation, another search warrant was secured, after which it was discovered that a pole barn on the property was being used to grow marijuana.

Approximately 300 cannabis plants in various states of growth were found in the pole barn, deputies reported. The pole barn, approximately 30 feet wide by 50 feet long, was designed with three different grow rooms, one large drying room and an office area where further processing took place.

Also located on the property was a highly concentrated form of THC with the street names of “Dabs” and “Butane Butter,” deputies said, along with about 13 pounds of marijuana sealed in half-pound, heat-sealed plastic bags.

DeSantis was arraigned before the Town of Arcadia Court and, as a result of his prior felony criminal history and current felony charge, was remanded to the Wayne County Jail pending a preliminary hearing.

DeSantis remains under investigation on suspicion that he stole electricity, the Sheriff’s Office reported, after it was discovered that he had allegedly circumvented the electric meter by splicing onto the electric feed-line before the meter goes into his home.

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. assisted deputies in determining the splicing locations, deputies said. The Newark Police Department and Town of Arcadia Code Enforcement also assisted.