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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/8/2014 

 Lakeland Man Charged with Domestic Violence after Striking Brother with Marijuana Plants 

31-year-old Rodney J. Brown of Lakeland, was arrested on Saturday, June 7, 2014, charged with Domestic Battery, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a domestic disturbance in north Lakeland, at approximately 6:20 pm, on Saturday evening.  The victim, 33-year-old Jackie Brown reported that he and his brother had been involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical.  Jackie Brown told deputies his brother had struck him with “a plant from the yard.” 

A statement from the report indicates Rodney struck his brother with marijuana plants: “The victim and suspect are brothers by birth, reside at the same residence and currently live together as a family.  The victim stated on 06/07/2014, he and the suspect were engaged in a verbal argument.  During this argument the suspect uprooted several cannabis plants varying in lengths up to three feet and then actually and intentionally struck the victim in the face with the plants.” 

Rodney Brown, the homeowner, allowed deputies to search the property where they found 10 marijuana plants outside and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. 

Rodney was arrested and transported to the Polk County jail without incident; he has since bonded out.