Deputies bust marijuana grow house in Palm Coast

Sheriff: 2 grow rooms in house with 48 plants

Published On: Nov 27 2012 05:02:19 PM EST
Jorge Rodriguez
PALM COAST, Fla. -

Flagler County deputies and the Florida Department Law Enforcement arrested a Flagler County man Monday on charges relating to growing marijuana inside of a Palm Coast home.

Jorge Rodriguez, 61, of Wheatfield Drive in Palm Coast, was charged with cultivating marijuana. Rodriguez was arrested at his home at 5:30 p.m.

Initially, Rodriguez claimed to be 51-year-old Jose Soto. After being fingerprinted in the Flagler County Inmate Facility, Corrections Deputies discovered his true identity.

He remains in the custody of the Inmate Facility with bail set at $10,000. The federal Immigration Customs Enforcement agency also placed a hold on him.

The discovery of the illegal cultivation operation began when detectives received an anonymous complaint that the residence was being used to grow marijuana.

Deputies served a search warrant on the residence Monday and made the arrest. Arriving detectives discovered two active grow rooms in the residence containing a 48 plants. These plants, at full potential, have the ability to produce up to 96 pounds of marijuana for sale and distribution each year. This would yield a street value of $86,400. Deputies dismantled the grow equipment from the residence and removed the plants.

Deputies say upon further investigation, more charges are pending.