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Hernando deputies find drugs and weapons in grow house raids

Times staff

SPRING HILL -- A man convicted of manslaughter was arrested Friday on numerous drug and weapons charges after investigators raided two Hernando County houses where they said marijuana has been grown.

Raul Izquierdo, 42, arrived at a house at 5291 Drew St. as deputies were serving a search warrant. Inside, they found 58 marijuana plants, grow lights and other equipment, according to a report. They also found a 25-caliber rifle in his Chevrolet truck.

Investigators found the remains of a grow house at 14371 Bowie Road in the Royal Highlands area, the report noted. Also found were a 25-caliber handgun, a 9mm carbine, 184 rounds of ammunition and drug-growing items, which were destroyed on site, the report stated.

Electricity at both locations was being diverted and Withlacoochee River Electric responded to disconnect the power.

Izquierdo owns both houses and admitted to growing marijuana at both locations, the report stated. He was arrested on drug and weapons charges and for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Records show he was convicted of manslaughter in 1990 in Dade County.

Hernando deputies find drugs and weapons in grow house raids 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 5:05pm]
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