Police confiscated marijuana plants, like these, in Laurel on Tuesday (DEA)

Nassau County authorities say they have busted two East Northport men in the second marijuana farming operation uncovered on Long Island this month.

Old Brookville and Nassau County police responded to a report of suspicious people at Old Brookville Nurseries on Northern Boulevard, where a K-9 officer and his dog, Thunder, found Bryan Zembreski, 36, hiding in the woods with four large bags of marijuana shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Anthony Donarummo, 40, was taken into custody shortly later after he was found hiding in the woods nearby, police said. A search of the area uncovered 150 pot plants up to 15-feet tall, police said.

The discovery was made 10 days after Suffolk County authorities arrested one suspect and seized more than 100 pot plants grown in a Commack sump Sept. 11. A second suspect in that case escaped and is still at large. A Laurel man was also arrested for growing 57 pot plants in his East End home last month.

Donarummo and Zembreski were both charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Bail for Zembreski was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and bail for Donarummo was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. They are due back in court Tuesday.


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