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Maraschino Cherry Mogul Kills Self As Cops Discover Huge Marijuana Grow


marijuana prohibitionBy Phillip Smith

The owner of historic maraschino cherry company in Brooklyn, New York, committed suicide at his plant Thursday morning moments after officers discovered a massive marijuana grow-up behind a false wall in the factory basement. Arthur Mondella, 48, becomes the 9th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries factory in Red Hook has been around since 1948 and was founded by Mondella’s grandfather. It is a major player in the industry, supplying cocktail cherries to clients including TGIF Fridays, Chick Filet, and Caesars. The plant has the capacity to process 400,000 pounds of cherries a week.

It also had the capacity to crank out large quantities of indoor marijuana. Once investigators discovered a hidden room behind a flimsy wall in a basement storage room, they uncovered a grow-op that could hold 1,200 plants.

According to the New York Post, police had received a tip that the factory was a front for a marijuana grow, but, unable to develop evidence to obtain a search warrant, they resorted to sending in the Department of Environmental Protection to do a “routine Inspection”—and see if they could find any signs of pot operation.

When investigators unearthed a basement full of luxury cars, suspicions were aroused, and they then found some “suspicious shelving,” which turned out to be a fake wall held fast by magnets. They opened the door and the rich, rank odor of marijuana burst from it.

That’s when Mondella, who had been cooperating in the hours-long “inspection,” ran into a nearby bathroom, locked the door, told his sister “Take care of my kids,” and shot himself in the head.

Cops said they thought they had just missed a harvest in the operation that used 125 grow lights in a 2,500-foot hidden space divided into several rooms. They found 100 pounds of pot, $125,000 in cash, and 60 different varieties of marijuana seeds.

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  1. Just terrible. We need to stand up and destroy this disgusting Jewish power structure that has us by the throats.

  2. Listen you snarky entitled Neanderthal troll. Interrogation by the greyman days are done. Take your questioning from your status quo comfort zone and shove it up your roomy @$$ b1+€h

  3. I have extreme compassion for his family, but I am not about to reframe the events to suggest that Mr. Mondella was anything but a common criminal.

    Just out of morbid curiosity, why should I harbor some level of sympathy for a man who knowingly chose to break a law, leaving his family without a male parental figure? Should I extend similar compassion to a man who evades paying taxes, gets caught, and upon realizing he will be headed to jail for an extended period of time, does what Mr. Mondella did and removes himself from this world?

    I have a more pertinent question, do you feel sorry for the likes of Mark Madoff? If you do you are a much more forgiving human being than I.

  4. Karen Ferguson on

    The lack of compassion here is a tad frightening, if I got scared easily. I guess it’s a good thing we aren’t friends. My friends have my back even when I make a mistake.
    I rest in the comfort that your post doesn’t say a thing about Mr. Modella at the young age of 48, but volumes about you.

  5. Weed out here (CO) is $20 medical and a little more for recreational use man…. People need money, whatever their reason for justifying their means. And marijuana users shouldn’t be criminalized for enjoying their personal time getting”high”. It’s 10x better than beer and alcohol. So lets get high and stay alive! Drinking is shitty anyways, why walk/stumble around looking stupid and do something irrational and irreversible when you can get high, play games, go hiking, watch movies, draw, make music, run, exercise,etc!!

    There’s so much that marijuana is amazing for, I feel bad for those who can’t/won’t smoke and/or are scared too

    Marijuana distribution is just another form of supply and demand. Things would be easier and less complicated if it were legal

  6. There has never been a moment in human history, in any part of the
    world, where “money” was not created from theft, the shedding of blood,
    or some combination there of. Slave trading, pillaging, land appropriation, has all happened by relocating nomads or enslaving them to do an empire’s bidding. From these spring boards all other forms of wealth have been created.
    We could have a more in depth philosophical discussion about whether or not governments in and of themselves are a blight on the earth, but I am going to forgo that conversation in this setting.

  7. And you are welcome to take that idealistic stance, but it does not negate the fact that he put his family in harms way for additional profit. It is a selfish act that cannot be justified.

  8. Karen Ferguson on

    I agree with you! My take is that the baby-boomers are going to want to get off all meds. i have to say, I’m surprised at all the anti-depressant use and benzodiazapine use [Valium, LIbrium]. It’s my hope they are led to medical cannabis.
    I don’t know who said it but I have to agree “All use is medical use.” Although I’d say “All use is healing.” :-) Thanks.

  9. Ah. The politics of envy. There have been whole countries run on that principle. Mass murder is the usual result when the profits evaporate and you run out of other people’s money.

  10. I just objected to “wrong”. And “medical” is no defense in a non-medical state or where he was not licensed.

    I approve of personal gain. I like profiting from my work. I have no objection to him profiting from his.

  11. Some people think drugs cause people to go insane, but most destructive drug users are just medicating a problem that already exists, although they can certainly make it worse. Valium and Xanax are poison, especially with alcohol, and can make you want to die, or just kill you outright. If doctors prescribed cannabis instead of drugs like these, a lot of lives would be saved.

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