School teacher, husband arrested in marijuana bust

10:55 AM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida (AP) - A Charlotte County elementary school teacher and her husband have been arrested in a marijuana grow house operation.

Deidre Michelle Hanna and Paul Shane Hanna were arrested Sunday at their home in Port Charlotte. They face several charges including cultivation of marijuana and tampering with evidence. They're being held on $9,500 bond each.

A sheriff's office statement says deputies found items outside the home that were "consistent with a marijuana growing operation." Officials later noticed smoke billowing from the home and a strong smell of marijuana. Fire rescue officials were called to the scene and detectives went inside. They found a barrel in the garage that was used to burn marijuana.

With a signed search warrant, detectives also found the garage fully equipped to grow hydroponic marijuana.

Deidre Hanna is a teacher at Meadow Park Elementary in Port Charlotte.

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