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Second arrest made in Hernando County marijuana case

Second arrest made in drug case

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County deputies arrested a second person in connection with a suspected marijuana-growing operation in a house west of Brooksville.

Jeffrey Scott Wagner, 52, was taken into custody on Wednesday and transported to the Hernando County Jail.

He was released later that day after posting $5,000 bail.

Wagner faces one count of cultivation of marijuana.

His arrest came a day after the owner of the house, Rhonda Quince, was taken into custody on a similar charge.

Hernando sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, searched the house at 12491 Sun Road on Tuesday afternoon.

During the search, authorities found more than 130 marijuana plants, a bag containing 37 rotting plants and other equipment common to growing operations, according to an arrest affidavit.

County property records show that Quince bought the three-bedroom house in July 2006 for $130,000.

Quince, 44, later admitted to detectives that she was cultivating the marijuana for sale so that she could make enough money to pay bills, according to the affidavit.

Quince said Wagner had nothing to do with the operation.

Second arrest made in Hernando County marijuana case 04/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 8:59pm]
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