A Shokan man was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 14 after town of Olive police found a "substantial" marijuana growing operation in a house on Route 28, according to a press release from the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team.
According to the release, 44-year-old Kyung-Ku La is the sole occupant of a residence at 3097 Route 28 in Shokan.
On Jan. 14, a residential alarm went off at the property. Police responding to the alarm noticed a "strong smell" of marijuana coming from inside the structure.
After police obtained a search warrant for the property, they found "over 22 pounds of marijuana in all stages of preparation" inside, they say.
La was charged with felony possession of marijuana in the first degree and unlawfully growing cannabis, a misdemeanor, police say.
Update: A previous version of this story included an image from Google Street View of a barn located on the parcel where the pot bust occurred. We've removed the image.