Fire leads to marijuana discovery in Suwannee County

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Posted at 9:17 PM, Jul 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-30 07:39:46-04

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL)--A fire in Suwannee County leads to the discovery of a marijuana grow operation.

Richard Ryan Root is now out of jail on $80,000 bond. Deputies say an outbuilding he owned caught fire.

When the state fire marshal arrived to investigate on Friday, deputies say Root wanted them to leave.

They returned with a search warrant and found grow lights and marijuana roots that Root had tried to hide.

He is charged with possession of a marijuana grow house, cultivation of marijuana, and tampering with evidence.