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One homeowner alleged that deputies jumped over his fence and trespassed to gather evidence. He had an out door surveillance system that could have proved it, he says, but they seized the recorder and destroyed the images. His security cameras were knocked down, wires ripped out, and flood lights broken, said Underwood.

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Steve Nohlgren talks about the marijuana cases

Tampa Bay Times reporter Steve Nolgren talks about the Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs investigations. With his narcotics unit mired in allegations of trespassing, stealing and lying, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says he is the best person to root out any wrongdoing. Lawyers defending marijuana growers have called for federal intervention, saying the sheriff and his top brass cannot be trusted to police their own.

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