Fire Leads To Marijuana House Bust

Sheriff's deputy arrives at Hawthorne Street home to investigate a fire, then finds marijuana plants growing in back yard.

It appears that one man's alleged home marijuana operation is now up in smoke.

A Sarasota County Sheriff's deputy responded to 3040 Hawthorne St., in central Sarasota, for a reported fire Monday night in the back yard called in by a neighbor. 

The deputy contacted the homeowner, Anthony Miller, 22, requesting the fire department be allowed access, but Miller initially denied access, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The Fire Department demanded access to his yaerd for fear of public safety, and when the deputy followed the firefighter to the back yard, the deputy spotted several large marijauana plants growing in planters, according to the affidavit. 

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Detectives then arrived on scene with a search warrant and found 16 marijuana plants outside with many of them budding. Some plants were as tall as 4 feet, according to the affidaivt. Detectives also found multiple bags and jars with marijuana plus drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office seized 2,050 grams of cannabis during the search.

Miller was charged with cultivation of marijuana and released on $5,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

Jennifer Aleshire January 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM
So, was there a fire or not?
Pati Beardsley January 16, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I guess it would have been better for him to go into a shady place to buy, risking not only his life by being around drug dealers, but by buying something the integrity of which couldn't be substantiated. Yeah. Makes perfect sense. NOT.
Anon January 16, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I bet there was no fire and the cops smelled it while on a different call and used a loop hole to search. Everyone knows the SPD is #everythingscorrupt
Charles Schelle January 16, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Hi Anon, A Sheriff's deputy responded and not the Sarasota Police Department. They are two different police agencies.
Anon January 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Still the same level of corruption, thanks for the correction though. But Why aren't they busting the true criminals at HSBC Bank? A simple fine for the launderer and hard time for the victim Go write an article about that. HSBC=Scarface


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