CUYAHOGA FALLS — Police say a Hudson Drive man whose home was badly damaged in a fire Tuesday night was arrested in connection with an allegation that he was growing marijuana on the property.
According to a press release police issued Friday, 55-year Bryan W. Darlington has been charged with fifth-degree felony illegal cultivation of marijuana. Police say that after receiving the call of the fire at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the city’s fire department responded and firefighters saw evidence of possible marijuana cultivation inside the home.
The police department, including its narcotics unit, later executed a search warrant resulting in the seizure of approximately 30 marijuana plants, multiple jars of harvested marihuana and drug paraphernalia. Equipment used to grow marijuana indoors was also identified, said police.
According to a complaint police filed in Stow Municipal Court on Thursday, approximately 25 ounces of suspected marijuana was seized in the home.
City spokeswoman Kelli Crawford-Smith said the cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Friday morning. She previously said there was heavy fire and smoke damage in the home, which is a little south of Graham Road, and it was uninhabitable, but there were no injuries and no mutual aid was called to the fire.
Police Lt. Gary Merton said Darlington was present at the scene when firefighters responded to the fire.
According to court records, Darlington entered a felony no plea at his arraignment Friday morning and he was released from Cuyahoga Falls City Jail on a personal bond. He is scheduled for a felony status hearing before Judge Lisa Coates on Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Darlington’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
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