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Clearwater man arrested in Connecticut, accused of being part of sophisticated grow house

A Clearwater man and three other men were arrested in Connecticut on Monday, accused of operating an elaborate marijuana grow house, according to authorities.

Arrested were 56-year-old Sisouk Phravixay, of Clearwater, 40-year-old Thomas Phravixay, of Canterbury, Conn., 47-year-old Richard Houghtaling, of Danbury, Conn., and 41-year-old William Eichin, of Naugatuck, Conn.

In a news release, Connecticut state police officials said they seized about 1,100 marijuana plants worth about $1 million at a home in Canterbury in northeast Connecticut.

The four men were in the process of building a greenhouse at the property when they were interrupted by authorities, who were acting on a tip, according to the release.

Police say they also found $1,600 in cash and various pieces of equipment used for cultivation.

Each of the men faces several drug charges.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Sisouk Phravixay, of the 4800 block of 162nd Ave. N, does not have a criminal record in Florida. It was unclear Tuesday afternoon if Sisouk Phravixay and Thomas Phravixay are related.

Clearwater man arrested in Connecticut, accused of being part of sophisticated grow house 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:01pm]
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