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Juan Addison, a suspect in a marijuana distribution case, in Superior Court, Morristown(Photo: Peggy Wright/Daily Record)Buy Photo
A “grow room” containing 266 marijuana plants with a street value of $1 million was found in a Randolph commercial building, according to authorities.
Eight were arrested and charged by Randolph police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office between Nov. 22 and Thanksgiving Day after the marijuana operation was discovered, following a “tip,” in two units at 400 Route 10.
The investigation is still underway, but on Thursday Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor in Morristown ruled to release Juan Addison, 46, of Hillside, one of the suspects, rather than detain him pretrial in the Morris County jail.
Noting the seriousness of the charges, the judge still agreed with Addison’s defense lawyer, Tom Belsky, that he should be released pretrial because of strong family ties and work roots in Union County. He also ruled Addison must report to court officials on a weekly basis and cannot leave the state without permission.
Juan Addison, a suspect in a $1 million marijuana grow ring, in Superior Court, Morristown, on Nov. 30, 2017. Beside him is defense lawyer Tom Belsky (Photo: Peggy Wright/Daily Record)
Court records identify the suspects arrested as: Mario Ramos, 51, of Glendale, Calif.; Bronx, N.Y. residents Karolina Gajdek, 23, Cecilia Payne, 28, Niazja Rios, 28, Makeda Price, 26; Lila Wroblewski, 20, of Jersey City; and Rafaelito Ortiz, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
They all are charged with maintaining or operating a drug production facility, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana.
Five were released