K-9 finds marijuana plants during training exercise in Volusia County

79 plants discovered in tent; Anthony Parrish arrested


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A K-9 team found 79 marijuana plants growing in a Volusia County field during a training exercise.

The discovery was made Wednesday, and the Volusia Bureau of Investigation linked the drugs to a New Smyrna Beach man who was charged with possession and manufacture of marijuana.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, while practicing a track through some woods near State Road 44 and State Road 415 in the New Smyrna Beach area, a K-9 team from Kenton County in Kentucky stumbled onto a tent.  The handler said his dog's behavior started to change as it pulled him off track and led him to the tent.

When they arrived at the tent, the officer noticed the scent of marijuana in the air, and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office was contacted.

A VBI team responded and found 79 marijuana plants and about a pound of cultivated marijuana.

The investigation led agents to a residence on Monza Drive, just to the south of the tent, leading to the arrest of 38-year-old Anthony Parrish.  Agents said they also found a small amount of marijuana, about 2 grams, in Parrish's trailer.

Parrish was charged with two felony offenses -- manufacture of marijuana and possession of marijuana -- and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on $3,000 bond.