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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/22/2014 

 PCSO Undercover Detectives Dismantle Marijuana Grow House 

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff's undercover Narcotics detectives served a search warrant at a Poinciana residence based on information they received that it was being used as a marijuana grow house.

Detectives arrived at 692 Reindeer Drive in Poinciana, knocked on the door, and talked with an unknown male resident through the closed front door.  When they identified themselves and why they were there, the suspect refused to open the door.  Detectives could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.  The suspect then told detectives he wanted to smoke a "joint" first before opening the door.  He eventually opened the door and surrendered without incident.  The suspect was positively identified as David Scott Shultz, DOB 5/5/1981, and placed under arrest for Maintaining a Dwelling for Drug Manufacturing, Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis WITS, Possession of Cannabis Over 20 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Detectives found Shultz also had an active warrant for his arrest in Osceola County for VOP - Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail where he will remain on hold for Osceola County.

While serving the search warrant, detectives located three rooms being used to cultivate marijuana.  One bedroom contained a nursery with baby marijuana plants; one bedroom had more mature plants; and one bedroom had mature plants with buds.  Detectives seized and destroyed all 190 marijuana plants, along with 15 high-intensity bulbs and hoods, 8 electric ballasts, pots, fertilizer, cooling fans.

"David, we have a message for you, and anyone else who grows marijuana in Polk County - you can run, but you can't hide.  Our citizens are committed to helping us get drugs off the street.  They send us tips on a weekly basis about illegal drug activity, and we follow up on those tips.  Thank you, Polk County citizens, for partnering with us to keep our county safe." - Sheriff Grady Judd