Gulfport Man injured escaping from burning 'pot house'

By The Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Gulfport man was severely cut when he tried to escape from a burning home that authorities say had an extensive marijuana growing operation inside.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) the unidentified injured man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police say the home owner, 41-year-old Roger Tejas-Silva, was charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was booked Monday at the Harrison County jail on bonds of $50,000 set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said someone had covered the doors and windows with reflective insulation, and had rigged up an electrical system that was too much for the house to handle.

It was unclear whether Tejas-Silva has an attorney.

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