Fire reveals dozens of marijuana plants growing in Florida home

July 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida say firefighters responding to an electrical fire discovered 75 to 100 marijuana plants being grown in a locked bedroom.

The St. Petersburg Police Department said in a Facebook post firefighters responded to a St. Petersburg address at 6:28 p.m. Monday and resident Gaetano Rodriguez, 27, refused to unlock the door to a bedroom where flames were located.

Rodriguez, who rents the house from his father, was forcibly removed from the house and firefighters broke into the room, where they discovered dozens of marijuana plants.

Rodriguez initially claimed the marijuana for medicinal use, but later told officers he had been planning to sell it.

He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail on charges of obstructing firefighters and cultivation of marijuana.

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