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December 18, 2007
Gary Davidson
Public Information Officer

MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE IN DEBARY BUSTED 

It was late Monday afternoon when a resident on Community Drive in DeBary called the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office to report what appeared to be suspicious activity at a house down the street. As it turned out, the activity was indeed suspicious. The alert citizen led deputies right to a marijuana grow house. Narcotics investigators who responded to the scene to take over the investigation seized 200 plants and arrested 42-year-old Alexis Diaz of West Palm Beach on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 20 grams with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The incident began around 4:40 p.m. Monday afternoon, when a resident reported seeing a cargo van enter property down the street. The tipster said he didn’t recognize the van or the driver, who stepped out and seemed to look around before proceeding through the gate. Fearing a Christmas rip-off or illegal drug activity, the caller said things just didn’t seem right. So he called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies began arriving at 81 Community Drive at 4:49 p.m. and began investigating. The first thing they did was contact Diaz to ask if he lived there. A nervous Diaz claimed a friend was allowing him to live there, but he didn’t know the landlord’s name or phone number. After deputies noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the house, they discovered two rooms being used to grow the drug. So they called in the West Volusia Narcotics Task Force to take over. 

After obtaining a search warrant, Task Force agents searched the house and seized the plants along with about 66 grams of harvested marijuana. Agents also confiscated a wide assortment of grow equipment, including lights, fertilizer, plastic buckets, an air filter and an electrical circuit board. The investigation lasted well into Monday night. Diaz was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning on $21,000 bond. The West Volusia Narcotics Task Force is a multi-agency force of narcotics agents from the Sheriff’s Office and DeLand Police Department that shares resources and crosses jurisdictional boundaries to combat street-level drug and vice crimes.

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