Date: February 05, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Mulberry Man Arrested For Cultivating Marijuana in His Home

Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Mulberry man for cultivation of cannabis (marijuana) on Tuesday, February 4, 2003.  Around noon that day, deputies responded to the residence at 3335 Cross Fox Drive in Mulberry to investigate a reported suspicious incident. Once there, deputies gathered information that the home was being used as a "grow house" for marijuana by its occupant, Michael Jason Zonner, DOB 6/5/75.

A search warrant for the residence was immediately obtained, and detectives from the Bureau of Special Investigations responded to assist.  After searching the residence, a total of 114 cannabis plants were found and seized, and three rooms (bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet) were found to have been converted into a hydroponic grow  room for the purposes of cultivating the plants.  Deputies responded to Zonner's place of employment and arrested him without incident.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with Cultivation of Marijuana.  Zonner was released on $1,000 bond the next day (February 5, 2003).

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