NORTH SALT LAKE -- Netflix and YouTube videos may have shown one man how to grow marijuana but not how to dispose of it when police arrived.
He managed to clog his toilets.
Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force received a tip that Leonel Cataquet, 29, of North Salt Lake, was growing marijuana in his house, Lt. Mark Chatlin said.
Officers arrived at Cataquet's home around 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to a probable cause statement. They knocked on the door and waited for 15 minutes but did not get an answer.
At 6 p.m. officers learned Cataquet and his family were inside the house, the document said. So they knocked again and "announced we had a search warrant for the residence," according to the document.
One of the officers reported he could "hear water running in what he believed to be the flushing of toilets," the document said.
Then officers saw there were two cars inside the garage, and finally Cataquet came out and officers went inside the home.
Officers "could smell the strong odor of raw marijuana," according to the statement.
And as they searched the home, they found a large amount of marijuana in two toilets, along with one plant, halogen lights, timers, fans, a carbon filter, a .22-caliber rifle, a 9mm handgun, plastic baggies, marijuana seeds, chemicals, fertilizers and "other paraphernalia consistent with cultivation and distribution of marijuana," according to the report.
They also found three children who had been hiding in a closet.
Chatlin said the children are in the custody of their mother, and the case has been turned over to the Division of Child and Family Services.
Cataquet told officers he watched a documentary on Netflix and several videos on YouTube, as well as bought a book about how to grow marijuana. He had not sold any of the marijuana, because "it was not yet ready to harvest," according to the document.
He also admitted to officers that, when he heard them at the door, he cut his marijuana plant and tried to flush it down the toilet in the basement but flooded it, so he tried to flush it down the upstairs toilet. He also told his family to hide in the closet, according to the document.
Cataquet was booked in Davis County Jail on three counts of endangering a child, one count of distribution of marijuana, one count of production of marijuana, two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of evidence tampering and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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