East Rochester man pleads guilty to marijuana charges

Posted at: 01/17/2013 9:08 PM

A East Rochester man has pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana plants in Irondequoit.

Christopher H. Monfort, 40, of East Rochester, plead guilty Thursday in federal court.

During a search warrant at a home on Noridge Drive in Irondequoit, police discovered 276 marijuana plants, as well as scales, lights and other equipment used to grow and manufacture marijuana. Monfort admitted to using the home for a marijuana growing operation. Monfort faces 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both when he is sentenced.

Monfort also faces federal charges in a separate case. On September 11, 2009, Monfort pleaded guilty to burglary. He admitted that he was involved in stealing more than 67 gross tons of processed scrap metal from railcars at a CSX transportation railroad yard located south of the Batavia, between June 20 and June 30, 2009.

He will be sentenced for both cases on March 4.