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Brandon couple accused of running marijuana grow house

BRANDON — Deputies discovered a marijuana operation Wednesday at a home where a couple and a teen lived, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrived at 804 Regent Circle N after receiving a drug complaint. Rodolfo Leantaud, who lives at the home, consented to allow the deputies inside.

Inside the garage, they discovered equipment used to cultivate marijuana, including lights, ballasts and fans, as well as 42 marijuana plants measuring 6-feet tall, deputies said.

The plants weighed about 160 pounds and have an estimated street value of $640,000.

Leantaud and his wife, Magaly Cuevas, were arrested. They face several charges, including trafficking and cultivation in marijuana, grand theft and owning or leasing for the purpose of trafficking marijuana. Both face child neglect charges because a 13-year-old was inside the home.

The couple was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where they remained Friday morning without bail.

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