Thanks to the help of a concerned citizen, two men are currently behind bars following simultaneous raids which revealed a high quality grow operation happening in Philadelphia and the Upper Main Line.
A neighbor reported the overwhelming smell of marijuana and what he believed to be suspicious comings and goings from a nearby house. According to police reports, surveillance of the property revealed that the two suspects were “allegedly working together on a grow operation that was linked to both Philadelphia and Chester counties, reports DelcoTimes.com.
James Lippert, 49, of Devon, Pa. in Tredyffrin Township, and David Eisenstadt, 50, of Philadelphia were charged with drug dealing offenses including criminal conspiracy and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They are being held in a Philadelphia County prison since their arrest on June 27.
The raids of two properties, one in Tredyffrin Township, and the other on the 1100 block of South 48th Street were both listed as being James Lippert’s properties. Searches turned up 30 pounds of bulk marijuana and 530 live marijuana plants totaling over $2.5 million in street value and over $135,000 in cash, reports Tredyffrin Easttown Patch.