Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Hudson grow house raid nets nearly 200 plants, no arrests

HUDSON — Pasco sheriff's deputies raided a house last week and confiscated almost 200 marijuana plants but made no arrests, according to a search warrant and an agency spokesman.

The home at 6827 Sanderling Lane sits on a flat residential street with rows of houses in close proximity. According to property records, the house is owned by Richard Bristol, 59, who did not return a call for comment, and appears to rent out the property.

Deputies who searched the home on Friday also confiscated ballasts, lights, smoking paraphernalia and one pound of marijuana. They also found a receipt to a man named Charles Dean Marshall, whose last name is on the mailbox in front.

Pasco Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said the investigation is ongoing.

Fran Disbrow lives across the street from the house. She remembered the day of the raid, and a "man in his late 40s" who lived in the house and kept to himself. She didn't know his name, but she said he'd wave sometimes. He drove a pickup.

"He pretty much kept to himself," she said, "and he didn't bother anyone."

On the day of the raid, she sat in her back yard with her niece about 12:30 p.m. and heard noise coming from across the street. She was struck by the amount of vehicles out front, and she said she didn't know they were authorities.

She hasn't seen the man since.

About 10:15 p.m. March 14, an undercover sheriff's deputy conducted a narcotics investigation at the house, on a tip from another deputy, the search warrant affidavit said. He walked toward the residence and "smelled the odor of marijuana plants," the affidavit said.

He walked up to the house, he wrote in the affidavit, and confirmed the odor was coming directly from the house.

Less than an hour later, he returned with another detective. He wrote how he didn't notice any posted no trespassing signs or fencing around the house. They walked up to the front porch.

"Your affiant knows from training and experience that if marijuana grow operations are not properly constructed," he wrote, "the odor of growing marijuana often escapes from inside and can be detected from a lawful position outside of a residence."

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Contact Jon Silman at (727) 869 6229 or [email protected]

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