2003-08-22 / Front Page

Illicit Harvest At Floyd Bennett

Local Men Arrested By U.S. Park Police
By Brian Magoolaghan
Illicit Harvest At Floyd Bennett

Illicit Harvest At Floyd Bennett


This pick-up truck and a tractor were used to remove whole plants from the areas where they grew.This pick-up truck and a tractor were used to remove whole plants from the areas where they grew.

Local Men Arrested By U.S. Park Police

By Brian Magoolaghan

Hundreds of thriving marijuana plants, growing on near-by federal parkland, were cut down this week after two Belle Harbor men were arrested for growing the illegal crops.

Daniel Agostino, 50, and Michael Agostino, 43, cultivated the plants, which grew to be more than eight feet tall, in three areas at the north end of Floyd Bennett Field, U.S. Park Police said.


The police did not tell how they first discovered the plants, but said the bust followed a surveillance operation in the growing areas. Officers Jack Piccolo and Jason DeLumeau arrested the Agostino's Wednesday after seeing them tend to the plants, according to the Park Police. Michael tried to flee but was caught near the Belt Parkway, according to police.

The marijuana plants were grown in mosquito-infested areas thick with trees, other tall plants and vegetation. Each plant was spaced several feet apart and care was taken to prevent them from being damaged. Plastic cups shielded the base of each plant and poles were used to support them. Rat poison and traps were also laid to keep away animals that might nibble the cash crop.

Park Police used a front-end-loading tractor to plow a path into the growing areas and then used it and a pick-up truck to remove the downed plants. By late Wednesday, the stalks were tied up and the leaves bagged as evidence, according to Parks Police Lieutenant Waite.

Helicopters from the New York City Police Department Aviation Unit were used in the investigation, and the National Park Service participated as well.

At press time, authorities had not released a specific address for the defendants nor listed the specific charges against them. The case is being prosecuted by the Kings County District Attorney's Office.


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