Man calls deputies to home, deputies find grow operation

INTERLACHEN, Fla. -- A man who called deputies to his home Sunday to report a crime ended up arrested after they found a marijuana grow house in his back yard.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded shortly after midnight to the home of 44 year old Mark Len Currie on Evans Avenue. He told deputies someone was shooting toward his property and saw bullets hitting tree limbs. The deputies didn't find any damage from the alleged gunfire, but they did smell something funny -- the strong odor of marijuana.

The odor was coming from a shed in Currie's backyard. Deputies could see marijuana plants through a crack in the shed's door.

The deputies opened the shed and found 42 marijuana plants, indoor grow lights and a variety of drug paraphernalia, according to PCSO. Currie, who is a convicted felon, was also found to be in the possession of a rifle.

He was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked and later released on a bond of $15,000.

He has been charged with:

1. One count of producing marijuana

2. One count of the possession of drug equipment

3. One count of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon

4. One count of maintaining a drug dwelling

Deputies determined the gunshots Currie heard were probably fireworks.


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