St. Martin Man Charged With Growing Marijuana

A St. Martin man was arrested Friday, charged with growing marijuana.

Law enforcement officials were conducting an aerial search for people who grow marijuana outdoors when they spotted the plants. They also saw a man, who they initially thought was watering the crop. It turns out, he was dumping gasoline on it, in an attempt to torch the marijuana field.

Police arrested Vincent Feranda on charges of marijuana cultivation.

Officials say marijuana fields are becoming more and more common.

"I would say it happens as often in suburban areas as it does in the rural areas. We may typically see a larger marijuana grow in a rural area, but we've also found some substantial sized grows in the backyard and garden area of a residence. It's not uncommon. If you grow it, we are going to find it. If we find it, you are going to go to jail. It's as simple as that," Jackson County Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spears said.

Marijuana cultivation is a felony in the state of Mississippi, and carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.