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Two loose pigs give pot away

The original call came in about two pigs running wild in the road on Old Lyons Road in the Town of Lyons on November 6, 2012. When State Troopers arrived, they found the pigs in the front yard at 7312 Old Lyons Road. The owner came out and claimed the pigs – but the strange odor the Troopers smelled had nothing to do with the swine. The two troopers smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the residence. They immediately called for a search warrant.

SafranecWhen State Police Troopers and Investigators entered the trailer residence, they found an extensive marijuana growing operation and seized 261 plants at various sizes of growth, along with marijuana growing equipment. The homeowner, Daniel Safranec, age 27, was initially arrested, but the case – due to the quantity of marijuana and the overall operation – was turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Federal Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA).

Following a thorough review of the initial charges, the DEA adopted the case. On Tuesday (4/23) DEA agents, along with the State Police went to Safranec’s residence to enforce the warrant for the Federal charge of Manufacture of 100 or More Marijuana Plants with the Intent to Distribute.

Once police arrived at the trailer/ residence, they were surprised to discover Safranec had just started all over in the marijuana growing business. They seized an additional 202 plants in various stages of growth and more marijuana-growing equipment. Safranec, who lives alone at the residence, was taken into custody and arraigned in Federal Court. More charges are pending.

A criminal history check showed Safranec was convicted in June of 2009 in Onondaga County for Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 3rd Degree, a Class E Felony.

Safranec is due back in court on Tuesday April 30, at 3:30 p.m. for a detention hearing. He is currently being held. If found guilty, due to his prior conviction, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a maximum 40 years and a $5,000,000 fine.

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