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Three arrested in Hernando marijuana growing operation

BROOKSVILLE — Three people were arrested Wednesday after detectives found a marijuana growing operation in a mobile home west of Brooksville, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said.

Acting on a search warrant, detectives discovered a grow room that had been dug out of the dirt under the home at 6232 Boatwrite Road, the Sheriff's Office said. The room was accessible by a trap door hidden under a bed. The three people arrested were living in two travel trailers on the property.

Detectives seized 55 marijuana plants, 68 grams of processed marijuana, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and growing equipment. Investigators also found $200 in cash from an earlier drug buy with undercover detectives.

William Stokeley, 55, was charged with cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm, among other charges. He remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Wednesday in lieu of $97,000 bail. Ginger Cotter, 62, was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Larry Dean, 23, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and violation of probation.

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