Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Hernando deputies arrest man in grow house operation

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.

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