Lawyers Assure Us that Neighburrito Not Involved with Pot Farm at 127 Rivington

Posted on: October 21st, 2010 at 2:26 pm by

Earlier today, we ran a story regarding a monstrous pot farm discovered in the basement beneath Neighburrito at 127 Rivington Street.  In a statement to us, lawyers for the eatery have set the record straight.

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Per the lawyers:

On Moday night at about 9:30, there was a call to the Fire Department reporting at 127 Rivington.  While the FDNY was inspecting the building (they found numerous violations), they opened a space in the basement located below a portion of Neighburrito.  The FDNY gained access to this space by going through the Neighburrito basement space and then breaching a locked door.  Inside this other tenant’s space the FDNY discovered was a large marijuana growing operation, and the NYPD was contacted.   At about 11:30pm, the NYPD asked one of the Neighburrito employees to contact the owner of Neighburrito and request that they come to the restaurant to speak to them.  The owner promptly complied and went down to Neighburrito and met with the police who asked a few preliminary questions, like if they knew who rented the space, how long have they had it, etc.  Neighburrito’s owner referred them to the landlord.  The police subsequently called a representative of the landlord who apparently  gave them the tenants information.  The police did continue to question the Neighburrito owner and employee but at no time were either of them ever detained, cuffed, or otherwise given the impression that we were going to be arrestedA short while later, the tenant of the space where the marijuana was discovered showed up and turned himself over to the police.  Soon after, the owner and employee of Neighburrito were told that they were not needed anymore and could leave.  They haven’t heard from the NYPD since.

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