A 25-year-old Houston man has been arrested on seven drug charges after state police allegedly seized 12.5 pounds of marijuana from a “sophisticated” hydroponic system in his home, Cpl. Bruce Harris said.


A 25-year-old Houston man has been arrested on seven drug charges after state police allegedly seized 12.5 pounds of marijuana from a “sophisticated” hydroponic system in his home, Cpl. Bruce Harris said.

Harris said members of the State Police Governor’s Task Force executed a search warrant at the Houston home of Michael W. Fleetwood, 25, and found a hydroponic growth system for marijuana plants — a way to keep the plants alive and growing without soil, using just water and dissolved nutrients.

Harris said police seized the hydroponic equipment, high-intensity ultraviolet lights, fans, humidity regulators, an “automated air handling system,” an automatic watering system, 19 marijuana plants and various drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging material.

Fleetwood was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of a Schedule I drug with the intent to deliver, manufacture of a Schedule I drug, maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was remanded to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $8,000 secured bond.