NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


      A Destin resident who had an indoor marijuana farm at his home was arrested on multiple drug charges Thanksgiving Day. The Destin Fire Department discovered the indoor grow operation following a house fire at 69 Country Club Drive.

     The Okaloosa County Multi- Agency Drug Task Force executed a search the same day and charged 39 year old Zachary Shannon Wear with Cultivation of Marijuana, Operating a Structure with Knowledge of the Manufacture of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

     Investigators found approximately 280 marijuana plants located in a loft above the garage, an adjacent closet, and a downstairs bathroom. They also found grow lights, chemicals associated with the growing process, and equipment to aid the cultivation. Wear, who rents a portion of the home, says his roommate was unaware of the illicit activities.