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Gaffe of the week: Orlando man invites cops to check out his grow-op

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Surprisingly, it was a pretty slow week for gaffes. No Santas falling off roofs, no fireworks displays going awry. Pretty disappointing, really.

Oh sure, there's the story about a woman losing a suitcase full of lobster, but really, does that qualify as a gaffe? We didn't think so.

Thankfully, dumb criminals don't take time off during the holidays.

Last week, an Orlando man called police after two men allegedly broke into his house and tried to rob him. When the police arrived, 54-year-old Shane Lawrence gave them permission to search the house.

That's when police found Lawrence's elaborate marijuana grow operation in the spare bedroom. The cops confiscated his 110 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $44,000. The plants apparently could have produced an impressive 55 pounds of weed.

Here's a tip: If you've got a giant weed grow-op in your house, maybe don't invite the police in to look around. Things just might not end positively for you.

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Lawrence was arrested on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Gawker, he was likely also charged with possession of three Bob Marley posters, the entire series of Family Guy on DVD and two Skrillex bootleg concert recordings.

Plus all those family-size bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

For being a pothead, Shane Lawrence is awarded the Gaffe of the Week, commemorated with a picture of Rob Ford in butter.


Rob Ford in butter
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