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Alleged Marijuana Farm Uncovered in Fairfield; Two Men Arrested

Fairfield Township (Essex)

Chief of Police Anthony Manna announced the dismantling of an elaborate marijuana grow operation inside a home Sunday.

Police responded to a Nell Court home at approximately 8:18 a.m. for a report of a fight between two parties later identified as Timothy Olster, 40, and Jose Sanchez, 30.

According to police, Olster allegedly hit Sanchez in the nose and Sanchez smashed a window of Olster's vehicle with a brick.

Further investigation led authorities to reportedly find marijuana residue and packaging materials in Olster's bedroom, two marijuana plants being watered in the laundry room, as well as a cluster of six-foot plants growing near the backyard pool, a tent-like structure containing timed lighting for the plants, soil pods, fertilizers, packaging materials and Tupperware filled with dried marijuana.

Olster and Sanchez were charged with possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of between 10 and 49 marijuana plants, maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute and possession of marijuana.

In addition, Sanchez was charged with criminal mischief and Olster with simple assault.

Both men were being held in Fairfield pending a bail hearing scheduled for Aug. 11.

Photos: Fairfield Police