BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of operating a marijuana-growing operation in his home.
Alfredo Abad, 57, of 13296 Moon Road, was arrested after Hernando County sheriff's detectives acting on a search warrant found 11 pounds of marijuana and 76 pot plants inside the three-bedroom rented house, according to an arrest affidavit.
Detectives also found an extra set of power lines under the soffit that were tapped into the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative. The lines diverted power to two air-conditioning systems and several lights and fans used to grow marijuana.
Utility representatives told detectives that from Nov. 17 to Wednesday, more than 8,000 kilowatts had been diverted to operate the marijuana growing operation, which is more than $300.
Abad was arrested on several charges related to cultivation of marijuana and theft of services from the utility.