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Officer Who Smelled Burning Marijuana From Chimney Triggered $10M Bust

March 10, 2010  | 

An officer's keen nose has led to the largest pot bust in New Jersey history, which took an estimated $10 million in marijuana off the market, NJ.com reports.

Police seized 3,370 growing plants, 115 pounds of harvested pot, and $65,000 in cash over three days. Monroe Township Police Officer Thomas Lucasiewicz discovered the operation as he passed by one of the six homes searched during the investigation.

When suspect Thu Nguyen answered the officer's knock on the door, Lucasiewicz smelled the unusable pot plants burning in the fireplace.

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