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Hernando deputies arrest man in grow house operation

Detectives on Thursday seized 123 marijuana plants and 35 pounds of plant material on Mount Sparrow Road.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives on Thursday seized 123 marijuana plants and 35 pounds of plant material on Mount Sparrow Road.

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man has been arrested and 123 marijuana plants were confiscated after authorities discovered a grow house on Mount Sparrow Road.

Denis Monsibaez-Diaz, 30, was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center late Thursday on one count each of trafficking in marijuana, possession of a structure for marijuana cultivation, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized connection to utilities equipment. He was being held Friday in lieu of $41,000 bail.

On Jan. 13, Hernando County sheriff's detectives received information from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative about a possible power diversion at 15203 Mount Sparrow Road in northwest Hernando County. Detectives traveled to the address to help the power company with the investigation. When they arrived, they noticed a strong marijuana smell.

Detectives knocked on the door and met Monsibaez-Diaz. Again detecting the odor, they found marijuana being grown in three bedrooms.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and seized the marijuana plants, 35 pounds of plant material and cultivation equipment.

Hernando deputies arrest man in grow house operation 01/24/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 8:42pm]

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