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Hernando sheriff busts grow house under mobile home


Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2013 at 09:48 AM

An underground marijuana grow house was busted and three people arrested today by detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit when they served a search warrant at 6232 Boatwrite Road in Brooksville.

Detectives found a marijuana grow room that had been dug out under one of the mobile homes on the property, the sheriff’s office said. The grow room was accessible by a trap door hidden under a bed in the spare bedroom of the mobile home.

The Hernando County Building Department was called to assist in the case due to hazards related to the grow room, the lack of permits and the improper wiring.

The three people arrested were living in two trailers separate from the one that covered the grow house, the sheriff’s office said.

Arrested in the case were:

* William Stokeley, 55, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of structure for manufacture of narcotics, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of firearm by felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was arrested on warrants for sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of structure for sale of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $71,500.

* Ginger Cotter, 62, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,500.

* Larry Dean, 23, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. He was denied bond.

Authorities seized 55 marijuana plants and 19 clones; approximately 68 grams of processed marijuana; drug paraphernalia and grow equipment; a .357 pistol; $740 in currency; and $200 in currency that was determined to be “buy money” from an undercover purchase.

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