Fire Lieutenant at Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue in Plant City Accused of Acquiring Cannabis Oil from 2 Marijuana Plants in Fire Station

Tavoris Allen, suspect of possession of a controlled substance in a fire station

HCFR lieutenant arrested for making cannabis oil at Fire Rescue Station 26 in Plant City.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported this week that a fire department, Lt. Tavoris Allen, who serves at Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue Station #26 in Plant City, allegedly was using a “botanical extractor” machine to extract cannabis oil from two marijuana plants inside the fire station.

The machine was being used Monday December 10, 2018 to get a concentrated liquid from of the plant, known cannabis oil. During the a conversation with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Lt. Allen said that he possessed the device and the ingredients.

Allen arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies and was charged with possession of a controlled substance, with cannabis oil named on his booking report. Lt. Allen paid $2,000 bail and was released Tuesday morning.

Fire Rescue officials are investigating the case before making a decision on any disciplinary or termination action. Taoris has been a model previously at the Tampa Firemen’s Auction.

Plant City is located about one-third the distance northeast along Interstate 4 from Tampa to Orlando. Only three cities are incorporated in Hillsborough County — Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace. Many other cities in Hillsborough County are unincorporated. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue provides Fire, Rescue and EMS services to the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County with 43 fire stations. Station 26 is outside the city limits, northwest of Plant City and is surrounded by rural tropical plant nurseries and strawberry farms.

Plant City is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world, hosting the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in the late winter (usually in February or early March), and home to Wish Farms, which produces strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Tavoris Allen, suspect of possession of a controlled substance in a fire station

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