JUST IN: Florida man, 66, accused of running marijuana grow house


A 66-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested after city police found more than 20 pounds of packaged marijuana and 32 fully grown marijuana plants during a raid at an alleged grow house early Thursday.

Jose Luis Rodriguez is facing charges of cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and grand theft of electricity. Detectives say that Rodgriguez had a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation that included illegally diverting electricity to his grow rooms.

The arrest came after detectives served a warrant at Rodriguez’ home on the 3400 block of Southwest Parsons Street, south of Gatlin Boulevard and a few blocks west of Treasure Coast High School. In addition to finding marijuana, detectives also found a loaded handgun and seized more than $13,000 in cash, according to a police statement.

Detectives found fully grown marijuana in the garage and a bedroom. Police say that Rodriguez spliced wires above the Florida Power & Light Co. meter to supply power to the grow rooms.

He chose to remain silent when officers questioned him, police said.



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