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Harris County Arrest for Possession of Marijuana after a House Fire

Seth Topek
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Posted on Dec 13, 2013

    A house fire in Harris County late November led to the arrest of the two occupants after fire fighters discovered marijuana growing in the home.  The Huffman Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 94 Ash Place in northeast Harris County.  After putting the fire out the crews found a marijuana grow operation inside the home with approximately fifteen plants.  The suspects allegedly confessed and were charged with possession of marijuana 4 oz to 5 pounds.  It is a state jail felony with a punishment range of between 180 days and 2 years in state jail and a ten thousand dollar fine.

    I once represented an individual who found themselves in a similar circumstance.  As a result of a small fire in the garage they called the fire department.  The fire department arrived and after making sure the area was safe did a walk through the home to inspect the home.  When doing so they discovered a marijuana plant in one of the bedrooms.  Fortunately, for our client, there were enough issues regarding where it was found, whose room it was, and the fact that it arguably was not producing usable marijuana to reach a favorable outcome for our client.  If you or someone you know has been arrested for possession of marijuana in Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend or Montgomery County you need to hire an experienced marijuana defense lawyer.

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