FL: Man Arrested For Storing Marijuana Plants On His Yacht

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Police found more than two dozen marijuana plants on a yacht docked behind a million dollar home on Sanibel Island.

Neighbors living off Bay Drive initially called police fearing the yacht was leaking fuel.

When officers arrived, instead of smelling diesel, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the yacht.

Once onboard, they discovered 25 marijuana plants and some were out in plain view.

They also found 15 Xanax pills hidden in a marked viagra bottle.

Police arrested the yacht’s owner, Erik Brown, on marijuana trafficking charges.

Brown is the son of a prominent Lee County businesswoman, Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, who owns several restaurants and an inn on Captiva.

She told NBC2 she thought her son was selling the yacht and had no idea about the drugs found onboard.

She said the family is devastated by Brown’s arrest, and they now hope he gets the help he needs.

Online records show Brown has been arrested 14 other times in Lee County.

Charges in four of the cases were later dropped or not filed.