Over 75 marijuana plants found in a home next to a Tulsa school


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/21 10:26 pm Published: 1/21 10:21 pm


Records show police found 75 pot plants in Leal's bedroom Tuesday.

FOX23 has been digging into this case further and while reports don't say what prompted officers to show up on Leal's door, they do say they showed up undercover.

Leal voluntarily signed a search waiver and that's when police went inside.

A neighbor just a few doors down is tired of this sort of thing.

"Oh my gosh. Yes. I wasn't shocked but I am shocked about that much quantity because there have been drug systems that we saw and we watched so it doesn't surprise me," said Becky Rodriguez, a neighbor to Leal.

FOX23 went to Leal's house and clearly saw how close his marijuana grow operation is to school kids.

Records showed where his house was, and once our FOX23 crew arrived, we found it is actually right across the street from a school.

Neighbors tell me this isn't the first case of drugs in their neighborhood.

Rodriguez is furious, "I mean you can't change it," Rodriguez said.

Her neighbor is accused of growing pot across the street from a school.

"It's crazy. It's just getting bad. Drugs are taking over the world, that's what I think," Rodriguez said.

She's furious but not surprised.

She told FOX23 this is a different neighborhood than it used to be.

"The last five years [this area] it has gotten rough. Especially with the rent houses around here.

It has really changed," Rodriguez explained.

She says Tony Leal's house is a rent house but that she didn't know what was going on.

Police reports show Leal signed a search warrant Tuesday morning.

Officers say they could smell raw marijuana from the door and when they went in they found 75 plants in his bedroom.

Rodriguez tells me it's just another problem to add to the list lately.

"So I'm kinda paranoid. Just watching out and watching for my neighbors and stuff," Rodriguez said.

She knows she is safe

"I have my alarm system, then the steel door, then the dogs I have in my backyard," Rodriguez explained.

But she wants to make sure the kids across the street are safe as well.



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UnaboNGer - 2/6/2014 11:04 AM
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and once again Oklahoma Law enforcement pad their stats and make the headlines by going after the low dangling fruit of passive pot growers instead of confronting the ever snowballing meth epidemic. This guy wasn't hurting anyone, which is why he was targeted, those meth cooks are dangerous!

Brion Eduardo - 1/22/2014 4:38 AM
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It's obvious that no children were endangered by a bunch of plants in the guy's home, and that the neighborhood was just as safe before he was busted as it is now. Prohibition is a bastion of the dumb, the corrupt, and the paranoid...and pseudo-journalists who only understand the marketing value of sensationalistic yellow journalism.

Mayor Maynot - 1/22/2014 1:05 AM
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Rodriguez is furious, "I mean you can't change it," Rodriguez said. #8 ^]] She probably called it in. Looks like dude was headed for a pretty good harvest.

Mayor Maynot - 1/22/2014 12:52 AM
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Just think #8 ^]] a fan belt made from hemp fiber coated in some gooey hemp adhesive. Hemp oil lubricating the crank case fuel made from hemp puttering along in hemp fabric shirt trousers etc etc. Oh! Jobs !!!

Unwashed Mass - 1/21/2014 11:50 PM
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Some guy with a couple plants in his bedroom isnt news, but why any sane person "voluntarily signed a search waiver" might be something worth looking into. Obviously the police are not being straightforward here.

Mayor Maynot - 1/21/2014 11:28 PM
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That's funny news. Especially since the politburo is thinking about legalizing pot. Just think jeans made from hemp instead of cotton.
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