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Marijuana, equipment seized in two raids

In separate weekend raids, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana being grown in homes, authorities said.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Rod Reder estimated the street value of the drugs and equipment at more than $125,000.

The stashes included plant containers, drip tubes and high-powered lights that create a greenhouse effect.

"We know it's going on," Reder said. "But to have two back-to-back in the same area was unusual."

The biggest find, authorities said, occurred about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the garage of a home at 18910 Rogers Road.

Acting on a tip, deputies discovered 34 mature plants and several baggies of marijuana.

Michael Isaac, 28, and James Elftmann, 27, were charged with growing cannabis, trafficking in 100 to 2,000 pounds of cannabis and possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

The previous night, deputies raiding a home in the Stonehedge subdivision of Carrollwood found 34 pounds of marijuana growing in four rooms, Reder said.

Howard Ross, 29, of 4643 Glenside Circle, was charged with growing cannabis, trafficking in 25 to 2,000 pounds of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ross, who Reder said had been under surveillance for a while, was released on $17,500 bail.

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