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Deputies raid two pot grow houses

PORT RICHEY — Two marijuana grow houses run by an uncle and his nephew were raided last week in Port Richey, Pasco authorities say.

Vice and narcotics detectives found about 50 marijuana plants at 10811 Oldham Road and about 30 plants at 8605 Gandy Lane during the Friday search, say Pasco Sheriff's Office reports. The plants were more than 5 feet tall. Harvested marijuana from more than 20 other plants was also found there, officials said.

Whiskell Escandell, 30, was charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana after deputies with a search warrant went to the Oldham Road home.

Escandell, of 9006 Prosperity Lane in Port Richey, was released Saturday on $15,000 bail. The investigation there led to the raid on the second house on Gandy Lane, where Escandell's uncle, Jose Ramon-Escandell, 53, was living, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office was told that Ramon-Escandell stole thousands of dollars in electricity to run the grow house. Ramon-Escandell was arrested on charges of trafficking marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and theft of utilities. He was freed Sunday on $55,150 bail.

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