Police: Man arrested after marijuana plants found in burning shed

Officers arrested Jason Bugiada, 43, who lives at the residence, and charged him with criminal possession of marijuana after 16 marijuana plants were found in the shed.

Officers arrested Jason Bugiada, 43, who lives at the residence, and charged him with criminal possession of marijuana after 16 marijuana plants were found in the shed. (9/7/16)

FARMINGVILLE - Police say a shed fire in Farmingville today led to the discovery of pot plants at a residence.

Officials say the fire broke out around 11:35 a.m. in a shed at a home located on College Hills Drive.

Officers arrested Jason Bugiada, 43, who lives at the residence, and charged him with criminal possession of marijuana after 16 marijuana plants were found in the shed.

Detectives determined the cause of the fire was accidental and electrical. There were no injuries, and there was no damage to the house.

Bugiada told News 12 Long Island that he smoked marijuana for medicinal reasons when he had thyroid cancer.

"If the world wants to condemn me for that, God bless you," said Bugiada.

Neighbors told News 12 Long Island that they believe there is illegal drug activity happening at the home and that police have been called there many times. Bugiada denied the accusation.

"There's never been charges here. Nobody's ever been arrested. We've never had police here," said Bugiada.

Bugiada said he's now considering moving his family to another state so that he can freely smoke medical marijuana.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 1 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 2 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business
According to police, Christopher Vorisek, of Farmingville was 3 Man arrested for DWI after fatal motorcycle crash in Selden
The blaze broke out at the Davidson Avenue 4 Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Lynbrook
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 5 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE