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'EXOTIC GARDENS' CONTAIN MARIJUANA; OWNER ARRESTED

A Long Island man has been charged with growing marijuana plants in his backyard -- advertised as "exotic gardens" in a local real-estate circular.

Jason Taormina, 34, had an active arrest warrant for a 1995 minor traffic offense, said Suffolk County police. So Sunday afternoon, two officers swung by his Port Jefferson house.

The officers were in the kitchen arresting him when they peeped through a window and saw 22 marijuana plants growing among tomato and strawberry plants in the garden.

Taormina was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in addition to the warrant.

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