A Glen Cove man growing marijuana in his garage was caught because the odor of the plants was so strong that officers could smell it from the street, Nassau police said Thursday.

Narcotics-vice officers and Glen Cove police went to John Basile's home Wednesday night to investigate the smell, and as they interviewed him, they noticed a marijuana pipe, digital scale and what appeared to be marijuana on a desk, police said.

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Basile, 34, of 2A Maryland Ave., was arrested and his 2-year-old daughter was admitted to a hospital for observation, police said.

After getting a search warrant, officers discovered more than 30 marijuana plants in the garage, several pounds of what appears to be marijuana, metal knuckles, several pounds of what is believed to be ketamine -- an anesthetic often used in surgery and known by its street name, Special K -- and multiple grams of what officers believe is Ecstasy, police said.

Basile was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead on six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.