PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested two teen brothers that began by running a stop sign. That led to possessing marijuana and paraphernalia, and to their marijuana grow site.
A deputy on patrol observed a 1997 red Chevrolet Lumina run a stop sign and made a traffic stop at Kenilworth and Theresa boulevards in Port Charlotte at 9:05 p.m. Thursday. The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. The driver, the 17-year-old, was searched and a plastic baggie with 4.5 grams of marijuana, an electric cigarette converted to smoke marijuana, and two lighters were located in his pockets. In the car a marijuana roach located inside a glass brown bowl, and a pack of rolling papers were found.
A search of the 15-year-old located 4.6 grams of marijuana in a plastic baggie, two lighters, and a metal smoking pipe with marijuana residue. During the investigation the deputy learned that the brothers were growing their own marijuana on a vacant lot near their home. A Narcotics unit detective was notified and went to the lot where the marijuana plants were growing. One large marijuana plant was located planted in the ground while the other plants were planted inside black plastic planters.
The brothers were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and both charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were released to their parents.