In Port Orange, Florida, 30-year-old John Pardus accidentally shot himself in the hand and asked police to come to his house to make his handguns safe. That was an unfortunate request because John apparently forgot about the giant marijuana growing operation he had on the second floor of his home! Pardus told police he accidentally shot himself while handling a .22-caliber handgun he was unfamiliar with and did not know how to make it safe.
After he was treated at a hospital, officers followed him and his wife, Kimberly, home where Kimberly gave Port Orange police consent “to go in the house where the shooting took place to unload the guns and conduct an investigation.” When police entered the house they were smacked with the overwhelming smell of marijuana and on the second floor discovered a room with a foil blanket on the floor with marijuana on it. In a closet, marijuana trees were hanging, drying out.
In another room, police found a tent with marijuana plants in it. The tent was rigged up with an irrigation system, ultraviolet lights and other equipment needed to make an indoor grow house operational. Police discovered 46 marijuana plants in total. The couple was arrested and were each charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession or use of narcotic paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. But at least now their guns are safe. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)