Police seize 50 pounds of marijuana, arrest Bronx man day before ‘420’: NYPD

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MORRIS PARK, The Bronx — Fifty pounds of marijuana was seized and a Bronx man was arrested Wednesday — a day ahead of "420," a holiday of sorts for pot smokers, according to the NYPD.

A search warrant was executed at a home in the 1720 block of Fowler Avenue in the Bronx around 1:30 p.m., police said.

Equipment necessary for growing marijuana plants was discovered in a "large room" on the second floor, according to police.

Four "grow rooms" were at the location, and 50 pounds of marijuana was seized, according to the NYPD.

Ernest Guttilla, 48, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, police said.

Neighbors said Guttilla is "a nice guy" and called the arrest "a shame." They said they had no idea what was happening inside the home uncovered to be a pot-growing operation.

And if anyone was wondering, the plants located were #NotOregano, as the NYPD made clear in a tweet announcing the seizure.

Guittila was allegedly stealing nearly $90,000 in gas and electricity from ConEdison to fuel his grow house, a potentially dangerous -- if not deadly -- situation.

Last fall, FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was killed when a grow house in the Bronx exploded, sending debris flying. The 44-year-old husband and father of three was nearby directing traffic away from the scene when he was struck by parts of the building.

"This place could have gone up in smoke in more ways than one," Bronx City Councilmember James Vacca said.

The bust happened the same week that Fahy's name was added to the Wall of Rememberance for his line-of-duty death.

PIX11 News' Dan Mannarino contributed to this report.

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