published: Friday, October 10, 2008
Man busted for growing 62 pot plants in LP
By SCOTT DRESSEL
LAKE PLACID -- An unemployed Cuban man was jailed Wednesday night after deputies searched his home and found a marijuana growing operation.
According to arrest reports, a search warrant was obtained for 228 Park Land Drive in Lake Placid in reference to theft of utilities -- usually a sure sign of a marijuana grow house. While at the house, a power diversion unit was found buried under the meter.
Once entry was made into the house, deputies found fertilizer in the kitchen cabinets and a gun in a bedroom drawer. In a metal building on the south side of the house, however, was where the searchers hit the jackpot.
Inside, they reportedly found a cultivation room with 62 live marijuana plants that were 5 to 7 feet tall with stalks that were 1 to 3 inches thick in diameter, weighing a total 545.25 pounds including stalks and root systems. The plants were underneath 35 1,000-watt lights, but an air-conditioning unit kept the temperature inside at a cool 73 degrees.
Over three hours into the operation, as deputies were dismantling the operation, a car pulled up to the house with 43-year-old Carlos Segui at the wheel. He reportedly told deputies he lived there and admitted to growing the plants from seeds. He said it was the first time he had grown marijuana at the residence.
Segui was booked on charges of marijuana production, marijuana trafficking, larceny, fraud and possession of narcotic equipment.
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