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Deputies: East Pasco couple ran marijuana grow house

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — A stay-at-home mother and her gang-member companion were arrested Tuesday when authorities found a marijuana grow house inside the duo's mobile home, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Acting on an anonymous tip, deputies knocked on the door Tuesday morning at 38535 Central Ave., in Crystal Springs near Zephyrhills. Inside, authorities found four plants growing inside a bedroom and bathroom, as well as 14 hydrocodone pills and another marijuana plant in the backyard, a report states.

Charles Ricardo Rosales, 29, was charged with trafficking in controlled substances, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Rosales is a member of Legion of Doom, a motorcycle gang. Rosales' arrest report states he "meets the criteria as a criminal street gang member." He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $55,150 bail.

Shannon Amsler, 26, also faces the same marijuana growing and paraphernalia charges, as well as a charge of child neglect because an 8-year-old boy was in the house. She told authorities she knew the child "should not be around the (marijuana) plants," the report states. She was released from the Pasco County jail Wednesday on $5,150 bail.

The boy was taken to a family member, the report says.

Deputies: East Pasco couple ran marijuana grow house 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:54pm]
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