Holtsville Marijuana Grow House Busted, Cops Say

Suffolk police released this photo of some of the marijuana plants found growing in a Holtsville home.

A Holtsville man was arrested on drug charges after investigators executing a search warrant found a sophisticated marijuana growing operation with dozens of pot plants and other drugs in his home on Friday, Suffolk County police said.

Rolando Gomes Portal was charged with criminal possession and sale of marijuana, criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

“This is a significant blow,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. “It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, if you are dealing drugs in this county, the Suffolk County Police Department is coming for you.”

Police said the 45-year-old suspect had about four pounds of dried marijuana, more than 80 marijuana plants, 20 grams of heroin, more than 500 Oxycodone pills, more than 1,000 Xanax, a loaded shotgun, scales and $8,000 cash in his Frances Boulevard home.

Investigators also seized an air filtering system, a lighting system and water filtration system that made up a hydroponic marijuana growing system, police said.

Those involved in the drug raid included Narcotics Section detectives, the Sixth Precinct Narcotics Enforcement Special Operations Team, Criminal Intelligence Section detectives and officers from the Emergency Service Section and the Sixth Precinct.

Portal will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.