A pot grow house was found in Deltona on Wednesday after a fire, leading to charges against a resident who told deputies they discovered his stash, officials said today.
The fire on Kingway Drive, which left significant damage, was first reported at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Francisco “Franky” L. Quintana Jr., 40, told investigators the marijuana was for his personal use, agency spokesman Andrew Gant said.
“In all, investigators seized about 1,122 grams of cannabis plant buds and clippings, 27 plants in various stages of growth and various pieces of drug paraphernalia – like glass jars containing marijuana and a digital scale,” Gant said in a statement.
Two rooms were converted into growing areas, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Quintana was charged with manufacturing in cannabis, possession of cannabis over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released pictures of what investigators found inside the home.
One shows a black-fabric tent found in the master bedroom closet. It had a grow light and 18 plants inside.
“They ranged in size from 2 inches to 12 inches,” Gant said said. “In the master bathroom, they found several bottles of chemicals used for growing marijuana.”
Since 2010, authorities in Central Florida have busted more than 700 marijuana grow houses, confiscating more than 30,000 cannabis plants.
The largest hauls came from Orange and Volusia, where more than 6,000 plants were confiscated in each county since 2010.