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The Flagler County Sheriff’s narcotics unit and the Florida Department Law Enforcement arrested a Flagler County man Monday on charges relating to cultivating marijuana inside of a Palm Coast home.
Jorge Rodriguez, 61, was charged with cultivating marijuana. Rodriguez was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Monday at his residence on Wheatfield Drive.
Initially, Rodriguez claimed to be 51-year-old Jose Soto. After being fingerprinted in the Flagler County Inmate Facility, corrections deputies discovered his true identity. Rodriguez remains in the custody of the jail on $10,000 bail. The federal Immigration Customs Enforcement agency also placed a hold on him.
The discovery of the illegal cultivation operation began when detectives received an anonymous complaint that the residence was being used to grow marijuana.
Deputies served a search warrant on the residence before making the arrest. Arriving detectives discovered two active grow rooms in the residence, containing a total of 48 plants.
At full potential, these plants have the ability to produce up to 96 oounds of marijuana for sale and distribution each year. This would yield a street value of $86,400.
Deputies dismantled the grow equipment from the residence and removed the plants. More charges are pending as the investigation continues.