Florida pot grower busted for manufacturing ‘high-end assault rifles’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 13:33 EDT
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Antoine and Marti Sparks busted for marijuana
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Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a couple on charges related to a “weapons manufacturing warehouse” and a marijuana growing operations, according to TCPalm.

WPTV reported that a traffic stop made by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the week led to a marijuana grow house, which then led to a warehouse facility where “high-end” weapons were being manufactured.

At the traffic stop, 40-year-old Antoine Sparks told police that he two marijuana plants and eight ounces of weed at his home.

When police arrived at the home on Southwest Nackman Terrace, 50-year-old Marti Sparks said that a baby was sleeping and she had just finished smoking marijuana. Officers confiscated about a pound of marijuana, seven guns, ammunition, about $7,000 in cash and a Dodge truck.

At a warehouse on Northwest Settle Avenue, investigators found about 150 marijuana plants and ten guns, including an AK-47 military-style assault rifle. Port St. Lucie Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Frank Sabol told WPTV that AR-15s and SKSs were also recovered.

Marti Sparks was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The charges against Antoine Sparks and details about the weapons manufacturing operation were not immediately available.

Port St. Lucie police and Martin County Sheriff’s Office officials were expected to reveal more at a press conference on Wednesday.

Watch this video from WPTV, broadcast April 24, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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