Unoccupied Van Leads To Pot Bust

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
A van left vacant with the engine running Tuesday morning resulted in Flagler County deputies interrupting a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in Palm Coast, investigators said.

Just after 9 a.m., Deputy Daniel Weaver was on patrol when he saw the van parked in the driveway with the engine running at 59 Pine Grove Drive, deputies said. Weaver stopped, saw no one in or around the van, and shut it off and took the keys, deputies said.

Investigators said a man then stepped out of the house, and Weaver met with him to discuss the dangers of leaving an unattended vehicle running. During the talk, Weaver detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the man, deputies said. After he determined there was a second man in the house and the house had a strong odor of marijuana, Weaver requested the second man to step outside, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Narcotics Enforcement Team obtained a search warrant and found about 106 marijuana plants in various stages of growth inside an elaborate lighting and water system, deputies said. They said the watering system recycled water from the pool to the inside of the house that contained a sophisticated climate control system.

Deputies arrested the occupants of the home, Angel Cardenas, 35, and Christian Navarro, 19. Both were charged with cultivation of marijuana and transported to the Flagler County Inmate Facility. The two men later posted $10,000 bail and were released Tuesday.


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