August 24, 2011

Tavernier man charged with growing marijuana

Tavernier – A Tavernier man was arrested today, charged with growing marijuana in his home on Gardenia Avenue.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division received information that 25 year old Jonathan Esslinger was growing the illegal substance. Just before 7 a.m., they went to his home and knocked on the door. When Esslinger answered, detectives confronted him with the information they had. He admitted to growing marijuana and agreed to allow the detectives to conduct a search of the premises.

Inside they found a grow room with special lighting and other equipment for growing marijuana; they found 17 marijuana plants; they also found 290 grams of marijuana in various places in the residence. The search also turned up a rifle, shotgun and a handgun, ammunition for the guns and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Esslinger was arrested. He was charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Jail.

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