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TWO HOUSES, 152 MARIJUANA PLANTS

NEW PORT RICHEY

About 130 to 140 mature high-grade marijuana plants were found during a raid at 9530 Osceola Drive in New Port Richey on Monday. The plants were found in a relatively elaborate grow house with false walls, caulked doors and power stolen right off the grid. Acting from a tip, 25 undercover detectives from the Pasco and Pinellas county drug units seized a total of 152 marijuana plants from two homes in Golden Acres. They also found 25 pounds of marijuana stalks at a third house in Hudson. The plants, authorities said, were about 5 to 6 feet tall. Three people were arrested Monday in connection with the bust. Authorities are investigating possible connections. Lt. Robert Sullivan of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said $1,000 a pound is the regular street value for marijuana. But the size of the bulbs on the plants found were larger than usual, meaning they were more potent. That means the plants can be sold for $2,500 a pound, he said.

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