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Hernando Vice unit shuts down underground grow house

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested three people Wednesday at 6232 Boatwrite Road in Brooksville following the discovery of an underground marijuana grow operation.

Detectives located the marijuana grow room under of the mobile home on the property that had been dug out.  The grow room was accessible by a trap door hidden under a bed in the spare bedroom of the mobile home, according to deputies.

Investigators say due to the hazards present from the grow room under the mobile home, the lack of permits, and the improper wiring, the Hernando County Building Department was called to the scene. 

The residence was posted as "unsafe" by the Building Department and the power was turned off by the electric company until the residence is brought up to code.

Deputies say William Stokeley, Ginger Cotter, and Larry Dean were all arrested at the scene. They were living in two travel trailers nearby, and the mobile home was used strictly for growing marijuana.

Investigators seized  55 marijuana plants along with 19 clones, approximately 68 grams of processed marijuana, paraphernalia and grow equipment, .357 pistol, $740 in U.S. currency, $200 of the currency was determined to be "buy money" from an earlier undercover buy.

They all face numerous drug charges, according to deputies.

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