WESLEY CHAPEL — Vice detectives found 43 marijuana plants and grow house equipment during a raid Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
A tip from a Tampa Electric investigator led authorities to the home at 1713 Upper Road in the New River Ranchettes, located off Morris Bridge Road south of State Road 54. The investigator suspected the home's resident — Jose Perez-Bermudez, 48 — of having an illegal electric connection.
Perez-Bermudez was arrested Wednesday and charged with cultivation of marijuana and grand theft. A Sheriff's Office report claims Perez-Bermudez stole $2,500 worth of electricity.
He was released from the Pasco County jail Thursday on $7,000 bail.