Crime

Marijuana Grow Operation Busted After Lightning Strikes Home

| by Jonathan Constante

A Florida man was arrested after police found a marijuana grow operation in a home that was set ablaze by a lightning strike.

Cape Coral Police and Fire Departments were busy Saturday night after lightning strikes caused several fires throughout the city. They received a call around 9:00 p.m. to a home that caught on fire and discovered what appeared to be a marijuana grow-house operation inside, NBC 2 reported.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and found 15 plants inside the home. Seven plants were found outside and a large suitcase filled with packaged pot weighing a total of 8.5 pounds was also found, according to police.

The homeowner, Jaroslav Kratky, 65, was arrested Sunday. He was charged with production/cultivation of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church or school, and possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

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Kratky told NBC 2 that he is innocent and said police only found ragweeds in his home. He also described himself as a hoarder.

"I'm a packrat, you know I got things. I'm junkman,” Kratky said. “I take all kinds of stuff.”

But Sgt. Dana Coston of the Cape Coral Police Department said there was no doubt the substance found in Kratky’s home was marijuana.

"The marijuana was field-tested with one our marijuana test kits and it showed a positive result for THC," Coston said.

Kratky went on to say that he doesn’t understand what the big deal is anyway.

"I don't know why they are making such a big deal about marijuana," he said. "It's getting legal everywhere."

Sources: NBC 2Cape Coral

Photo Credit: NBC 2