CREATED May. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 17, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- In a lanai at a Cape Coral home, Lee County Sheriff's Office says one of its deputies and his girlfriend had a patio filled with pot.
"I saw nothing strange before so I'm really surprised," said neighbor Mario Bahamon.
"Never saw anything on the lanai?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"No, never," replied Mario.
Deputy Piotr Urbanski and his girlfriend Shannon Clancey are facing several drug charges including growing marijuana.
A search of the home revealed dried marijuana in the kitchen, 2 pipes used for smoking, 23 live marijuana plants in the lanai and an additional 7 plants inside a small trash can also in the patio .
Fox knocked at the home where neighbors say the two lived. No one came to the door, but this is what the Sheriff tells me about their side of the story.
"His story is that she uses it for medicinal purposes and he knew it was wrong. He doesn't touch the stuff, supposedly, this is his words not mine. He offered to take a urine test," said Sheriff Mike Scott, Lee County.
This is the second time this month a deputy has been in trouble with the law. Earlier in May, a sheriff's deputy was arrested on charged that he beat and robbed a man after offering to give him a ride home.
"Crime occurs. Bad guy goes to jail in both cases by the way," added Sheriff Scott.
Sheriff Scott fired Urbanski following his arrest. He had been with the department less than a year.
"It's a lesion on our office that we don't deserve. It's a tarnish on our badge that we don't deserve and when I say we I mean the countless people that are doing good things everyday."