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Two in Palm Harbor charged with cultivating marijuana

PALM HARBOR — A man and woman were arrested Sunday afternoon, accused of growing 69 marijuana plants in a Palm Harbor home they share.

Bryan D. Biegaj, 32, and Michele R. Brandemihl, 33, both of 2427 Falcon Lane, were charged with manufacture of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and armed trafficking of marijuana.

Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office found the plants and a loaded 9mm handgun in the home about 2:15 p.m., according to arrest reports.

Both were also charged with obstruction and resisting arrest, as well as battery on a law enforcement officer after they kicked a deputy who was trying to arrest them, arrest reports show.

Biegaj and Brandemihl are boyfriend and girlfriend, the Sheriff's Office said.

On Monday afternoon, Biegaj was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $135,150 bail. Brandemihl was being held in lieu of $130,300 bail.

Two in Palm Harbor charged with cultivating marijuana 12/28/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2009 4:37pm]
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