A Poinciana man suspected of operating a grow house made detectives wait while he smoked marijuana before surrendering, officials said.
David Scott Shultz, 32, was arrested Tuesday after deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Reindeer Drive in Poinciana, which they believed was being used to grow marijuana.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, detectives knocked on the door and spoke with Shultz through the closed front door. They identified themselves and told him why he was there, and he refused to open the door, detectives said.
Detectives said they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the house. Shultz then told detectives he wanted to smoke a joint before opening the door, officials said.
Shultz eventually opened the door and surrendered without incident.
Detectives said they found three rooms in the house that were being used to grow marijuana. One room contained a nursery with baby plants, a second room had slightly more mature plants and a third bedroom had mature plants with buds.
Detectives seized and destroyed 190 marijuana plants, as well as equipment used to grow marijuana, officials said.
Shultz was arrested on charges of maintaining a dwelling for drug manufacturing, cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Detectives said Shultz also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Osceola County for violation of probation. He was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he remains on hold for Osceola County.