A Florida deputy and his girlfriend were arrested on marijuana charges Friday morning.
Piotr Urbanski and Shannon Clancey, 29, of Cape Coral, were busted at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, reports Naples News. Both are charged with “producing marijuana,” possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, and possession of “drug paraphernalia.”
Someone tipped off the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday that marijuana was being grown at a Cape Coral residence, and a search warrant was executed. During the course of the investigation, it was confirmed that Urbanski and Clancey had several cannabis plants growing in the back on a lanai pool deck area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A search of the home revealed dried marijuana in the kitchen, two pot pipes, and 23 live plants on the deck. Seven more plants were found in a small trash can on the porch, deputies claimed.As a result, Urbanski was canned from the Sheriff’s Office, where he had worked since last year.
“We stand firm at policing our own house and we take immediate action when someone violates the public’s trust,” Sheriff Mike Scott said sanctimoniously.
“His story was that he doesn’t use it and she does for medicinal purposes and whatever,” Sheriff Scott said, reports NBC 2. “It doesn’t matter. It’s illegal; it’s a crime.”
“He’s really a good person,” said neighbor Marion Bahamon. “Don’t know what happened. I don’t understand.
“I don’t know why people do these things,” Sheriff Scott said. “We try to select good people. We do, 99 out of 100 or more cases, and the background process is pretty significant. Polygraphs and you name it.”
When Urbanski applied to the Lee County Sheriff’s office in 2012, he admitted he used marijuana “three times” in 2007 “for experimentation.”
The Sheriff seems to be having a little problem policing his ranks. Urbanski is the fourth deputy caught up in disciplinary or illegal matters in recent weeks, according to Naples News.
John Eaton, a deputy based in south Lee County, turned in his badge after his arrest on charges of steroid and marijuana possession. Sgt. James Magas was canned for lying about driving outside his assigned district. Deputy Michael Ronga, also based in south Lee County, faces a robber charge after deputies said he gave a Bonita Springs man a ride, then robbed him and beat him up.