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Fire leads to marijuana grow house bust in Sarasota

3:13 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- A fire at a man's home led police to a Sarasota grow house operation and resulted in a young man's arrest.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office says a deputy was flagged down Monday night and alerted to a fire behind Alex Miller's home in the 3000 block of Hawthorne Street.

When firefighters arrived to put the fire out, they found several large marijuana plants growing in planters in the back yard.

Detectives conducted a search of the home and found 16 plants outside and multiple bags and jars containing marijuana and other drug paraphernalia inside the home. In all, 2,050 grams of marijuana was seized.

Miller, 22, has been charged with cultivation of marijuana and was released on $5,000 bond.

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