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Hernando deputies arrest two at Spring Hill grow house

SPRING HILL — Sheriff's deputies arrested two people after finding 103 marijuana plants growing in a rented home Tuesday.

Angel Guerrero Sarmiento, 43, and Mirta Guerrero Peraza Hernandez, 62, were at 8397 Begonia St. when deputies discovered marijuana and growing equipment in two rooms of the house, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.

It was the latest in a series of grow house cases in Hernando during the past year.

Authorities obtained a warrant to search the house on Begonia after an anonymous tip, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black said.

Someone also had tampered with the wires under the meter to divert power from the house, a standard practice for marijuana growers who don't want to pay the high electricity bill or tip off authorities, Black said.

Sarmiento, who rents the house, was being held Wednesday in the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $15,500 bail. Hernandez, who said she was visiting from Kentucky, was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Hernando deputies arrest two at Spring Hill grow house 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 7:50pm]
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