SPRING HILL — Authorities arrested a Spring Hill man Wednesday morning after finding a fully functional marijuana farm inside his home, including fans, grow lights, refrigerated units, an irrigation system and more than 100 of the leafy green plants.
Based on a tip and the strong odor of marijuana coming from the house, Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies searched 4290 Cavehill Road around 8 a.m. and arrested Severo Martinez, 63.
An arrest report said deputies entered the house while Martinez was asleep and searched the west side of the house, where they found 32 marijuana plants that were less than 4 feet fall and 75 plants that were around 6 inches tall.
Deputies also found processed marijuana in a white shopping bag inside Martinez's garage. In total, detectives found around 300 grams of marijuana, or a little more than half a pound.
Martinez has been charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of residence used for cultivating marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held in Hernando County Jail. Bail is $25,000.