A marijuana plant flourishes under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. (Ed Andrieski, Associated Press file)

Family business? Dad, sons charged with running large weed operation

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. — A father and his two sons have been arrested and charged with running a large-scale marijuana-growing and processing operation out of their Albany-area home.

State police say authorities seized more than 600 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of processed pot and about $30,000 in cash during a search of the family’s Niskayuna (nihs-kee-YOO’-nuh) home in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK’-ta-dee) County.

Fifty-eight-year-old Dean Robbins III and his sons, 25-year-old Dean Robbins and 21-year-old Conor Robbins, have each been charged with felony marijuana possession as well as a misdemeanor charge of illegally growing cannabis.

All three have been arraigned in the Niskayuna Town Court and released from the county jail after posting bail.

They’re expected back in court on Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known if they have attorneys.