Port Orange police discovered a marijuana growing operation on the second floor of the Isabella Avenue home where Kimberly Pardus, 31, and her husband John Pardus, 30, lived, documents show.
According to Port Orange police, they got involved when personnel from Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange called them Friday at 9:40 p.m. to report John Pardus had come in to have a gunshot wound to his left hand treated.
John Pardus told police he accidentally shot himself while handling a .22-caliber handgun he was unfamiliar with and did not know how to make it safe, reports state.
After John Pardus was treated, officers followed him and his wife to the Isabella Avenue home where Kimberly Pardus gave Port Orange police consent “to go in the house where it (the shooting) took place to unload the guns and conduct an investigation,” a report shows.
When police entered the house they smelled marijuana and realized the scent was stronger near the stairwell.
A police supervisor arrived at the scene and officers entered the home and discovered that the smell was stronger as they climbed the stairs. On the second floor, they discovered a room with a foil blanket on the floor with marijuana on it. In a closet, marijuana trees were hanging, drying out, police said.
In another room, police found a tent with marijuana plants in it. The tent was rigged up with an irrigation system, ultraviolet lights and other equipment needed to make an indoor grow house operational.
Police discovered 46 marijuana plants.
Kimberly Pardus, a Daytona Beach Shores Publix bakery employee, told investigators she and her husband discussed setting up the grow house after he returned from overseas where he worked as civilian government contractor.
The wife said she used a computer to research how to set up the grow house and invested $4,000 in the system, which had been operational for three months, police said.
Kimberly Pardus said she cut the marijuana, dried it and bagged it for distribtuion.
She said she was the primary caretaker of the plants but that her husband helped care, cut dry and package the herb. She said her husband sold the marijuana while she was at work and did not know how much money they had made, police said.
The husband, John Pardus, denied being involved in the marijuana operation and said his wife “is the only person who utilizes the second floor,” investigators said.
Reached Monday, John Pardus declined comment.
The couple were arrested and were each charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession or use of narcotic paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Both got out of the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday after each posted $10,500 bail, a booking officer said.