SPRING HILL — Hernando County sheriff's deputies found more than 60 marijuana plants at a rental home and arrested five people Friday on drug charges.
Authorities with a search warrant entered the house at 10082 Sleepy Willow Court and found a large indoor garden of marijuana, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The plants were worth more than $1,000, the report stated.
Maikel Hernandez-Roman, 29, the renter of the home, faces charges including cultivation of marijuana, renting a house to manufacture marijuana, grand theft, theft of services and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hernandez-Roman stole electricity from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative to run air-conditioning units and other equipment to help grow the plants, authorities said, by tampering with the electric meter.
Four other people were arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and drug possession: Camillo Rodriquez, 41, of Naples; Mayelin Aquila-Sanchez, 35, of Miami; Nelson Rodriquez, 21, of Hialeah; and Yeney Pardo-Lopez, 19, of Spring Hill.
All five were taken to the Hernando County Jail. Bail information was unavailable Monday.
Ryan Strong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1432.