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Tonawanda seizes drug paraphernalia from marijuana grow operation

Kyle Bak, 24, of Tonawanda.
Paul Bak, 52, of Tonawanda.
TONAWANDA - The City of Tonawanda Police Department recently executed a warrant search into a home on Follette Lane, Tonawanda.

After obtaining tips, which led to an investigation in the possibility of a grow operation being conducted at said home, the police department entered the home of Paul and Kyle Bak at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

Paul, 52 and his son Kyle, 24, had been growing marijuana in their backyard for some time now, and had recently brought their goods into the home.

“I was growing marijuana in our backyard, but it was starting to get cold so I brought it inside,” said Kyle when patrol questioned him.

During the investigation, law enforcement discovered the following:

• 7.85 ounces of marijuana buds and leaves

• pipes and bongs containing marijuana residue

• mushrooms in the backyard

• 12 jars of mushrooms in the refrigerator

• 27 Lidoderm patches

Marijuana was found in other rooms as well. Law enforcement found two grow rooms in the basement. A table where marijuana seemed to be laid out and drying, was found in the larger of the two rooms. Both rooms contained grow lights and pots that were harvesting marijuana.

In addition, a box containing materials used to grow marijuana plants was found.

Each item of evidence was seized, photographed and categorized.

Both Paul and Kyle were arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree (A Misdemeanor) and criminal possession of a controlled substance (A Misdemeanor).

They were additionally charged under the public health law for unlawfully growing cannabis.

A third member of the Bak family is under investigation.


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