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Man charged after marijuana growing operation discovered northwest of Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A man faces multiple charges in connection with a marijuana growing operation found inside his home northwest of Brooksville on Saturday.

Acting on a search warrant, deputies with the Hernando County sheriff's vice and narcotics unit arrested Didier Vazquez, 32, at his home at 15293 Pomp Parkway, where they found 50 marijuana plants and 186 grams of processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other items linked to the grow house operation, which authorities said operated in three bedrooms and the garage.

A Sheriff's Office news release said that authorities were working on an unrelated investigation when they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Detectives approaching the house were able to hear a male speaking on the telephone. As they attempted to make contact by knocking on the front door, the suspect fled through the back door. He was subsequently apprehended by deputies.

Vazquez was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and unauthorized connect to utilities equipment. He was being held Tuesday at Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $71,000 bail.

Man charged after marijuana growing operation discovered northwest of Brooksville 01/14/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:57pm]
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