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Marijuana growhouse suspect invites deputy inside and ends up in jail

Category: Odd | Posted on Wed, May, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
Some advice: If you're running a marijuana grow house, it's never a good idea to invite the cops in — especially if you're cutting up your plants in the wide open.
 
That's what happened when a deputy called to a possible suicide visited a Key Largo man. There was no suicide — but there were, the agency says, 124 pot plants in the house.
 
Joseph Ebeling, 49, of Leob Avenue is charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in the Monroe County Detention Center Tuesday in lieu of $11,000 bond.
 
Monroe sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Sgt. Jason Madnick was dispatched to Ebeling's house at 9:30 p.m. last Friday to check out a report of a possibly suicidal person. When he knocked on the door, Ebeling reportedly shouted, "Come in!"
 
When Madnick opened the door, he reportedly saw Ebeling cutting up a pot plant, with several more plants by his side. Ebeling looked up, saw it was the police and reportedly uttered a curse.
 
When Madnick asked for his identification, Ebeling reportedly said, "I can't go to jail for this. I was arrested by you guys 10 years ago for the same thing."
 
Ebeling's Monroe County arrest record shows he was arrested in 2004 for possession of a controlled substance, and court records show he was found guilty.
 
Ebeling sought leniency, asking Madnick to just forget he saw anything. The sergeant said no.
 

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