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A whopping number of marijuana plants --in total, almost 200-- and varied marijuana cultivation equipment became the custody of the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

With intelligence-based details relating to a large cannabis cultivation operation being conducted in a private residential dwelling in Poinciana, Polk County sheriff's detectives attempted to serve a search warrant.

The deputy sheriff's knock at the door of the home of David Scott Shultz, 32, went unanswered. Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) investigators were there to serve the search warrant and investigate the premises located at 692 Reindeer Drive in Poinciana, Fla. Once deputies realized the occupant was inside the home and refused to answer the door for law enforcement officials, PCSO deputies delivered the usual warning before the door would be breached.

As PCSO law enforcement officers were at the front door identifying themselves and stating their lawful purpose, they could smell the odor of marijuana wafting through the front door's seams. After a brief period of silence, Shultz did open the front door, allowing deputies entry to serve the warrant and search the dwelling.

Three rooms of the home were dedicated to Shultz's cannabis cultivation operation.

Shultz was immediately arrested based on an active warrant held by PCSO's neighboring agency, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office (OCSO). As PCSO deputies concluded their search, the following charges were applied to Shultz's arrest affidavit: Maintaining a dwelling for drug manufacturing, cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to sell, possession of cannabis over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the PCSO.

Shultz's botanical wares, to include 190 marijuana plants, were destroyed after photographing by the PCSO evidence technician unit. Taken into evidence were eight electric ballasts, pots, 15 high-intensity bulbs and hoods, fertilizer and cooling fans.

Shultz was transported to Polk County jail; the Osceola County Sheriff's Office warrant was served in addition to the Polk County S.O. charges.

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