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Florida man busted with growing marijuana after blocking firefighters from burning room

By Mason White 1:12 PM August 1, 2013
Cayetano Rodriguez 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with illegal drug distribution after he was caught growing marijuana plants, according to police reports in Florida.

St. Petersburg Police said that a man was arrested after he refused to allow firefighters to enter a locked room to extinguish an electrical fire. Meanwhile, once inside the room, they discovered a marijuana growing operation, authorities said.

Cayetano Rodriguez, 27, faces charges of obstructing firefighters and of cultivation of marijuana, police said.
On Monday, at 6:28 pm, firefighters were called to 727 North 54th Avenue after an electrical fire was reported inside the house.

When firefighters arrived, they found fire coming from the house, from a closed room and from the attic, police said.
Rodriguez, who had rented the house from his father, would not let them into the bedroom, police said. Therefore, they had to remove and pull the door open by force. Inside, they found between 75 and 100 marijuana plants in pots, police said.

He told police he was growing the plants for medical use, but later said it was to sell them, according to authorities.
He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was released on bail Tuesday, according to online jail records.