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Ottawa man loses his garage and marijuana plants

Posted by wlpo on August 3, 2015

A detached garage burned Monday morning in Ottawa and what police found near the garage surprised them.

The fire call on Sycamore Street came in just after 6:30 Monday morning. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage and had it out in around five minutes. The cause is under investigation but it’s not suspicious.

As is tradition, police officers went out with firefighters to the scene. Police Chief Brent Roalson says officers noticed five marijuana plants growing in a garden near the burning garage. So the homeowner, 47-year-old Benny Landeroz was arrested for unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants.

He was given a court date for the misdemeanor charge.

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