A Flagler County man has been charged with manufacturing marijuana after investigators found a number of plants growing behind his house.
Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Tri County Narcotics Task Force arrived at 5637 Nutwood Ave. at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
While walking up the driveway to the house, investigators say they noticed a number of plants growing in plain sight behind the home and smelled a strong scent of marijuana.
Dwayne Reed, 49, was at the home and allowed investigators to search his property and inside the house.
Investigators found 18 marijuana plants growing in pots behind the house. Reed then escorted officials to two separate rooms inside the house also used for growing marijuana.
Officials say the rooms were equipped with high voltage lights, ballasts and fans. In one room, investigators found 29 plants and an additional 14 in the second room.
Investigators say the marijuana has an estimated street value of $61,000.
Officials say Reed was cooperative through the entire investigation, but says he grows the weed for personal use for pain relief from a previous injury and not to distribute.
“It is hard to believe any one person could conceivably try to claim that growing 61 marijuana plants was purely for personal use,” said Sheriff James L. Manfre. “We’ll have to wait and see how the case unfolds once it’s in the courts.”
Reed's charges are being forwarded to the State Attorney's Office.