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Raid near Weeki Wachee nets 82 marijuana plants

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's detectives seized 82 large marijuana plants from a house north of Weeki Wachee on Friday.

Detectives armed with a search warrant raided a home at 11291 Mirage Ave. and found the plants in two rooms of the house. The plants were about 4 feet tall, sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Black said.

Antonio Martinez-Array, 36, of Miami was arrested and remained in the Hernando County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $11,000 bail. Martinez-Array faces charges of cultivation of marijuana, grand theft, possession of paraphernalia and meter tampering.

Authorities raided a much larger marijuana-growing operation north of Weeki Wachee one week earlier, seizing more than 300 plants, a bag of trimmings weighing 304 pounds and another 34.5 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with that grow house, at 8264 Nightwalker Road. Hung Dinh, 31, Lam Dinh, 37, and Kim Nguyen, 33, all of Tampa, face charges of drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with a utility meter.

Raid near Weeki Wachee nets 82 marijuana plants 02/29/08 [Last modified: Friday, February 29, 2008 7:39pm]
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