Detectives find underground marijuana grow house in Brooksville mobile home
Marijuana plants, gun, drug paraphanalia inside
5:16 PM, Aug 7, 2013
5:36 PM, Aug 7, 2013
HERNANDO COUNTY - Hernando detectives discovered an underground marijuana grow house in a Brooksville mobile home Wednesday, complete with a trap door, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.
Officials were executing a search warrant at the property, located at 6232 Boatwrite Road, and discovered that a room had been dug out of the dirt under the mobile home.
That room was housing a marijuana grow operation, accessible by a trap door which was hidden under a bed in the spare bedroom of the mobile, deputies say.
The three people who lived on the property were living in two separate travel trailers because the mobile home was used strictly for growing marijuana.
Deputies arrested 62-year-old Ginger Cotter, 53-year-old William Stokely and 23-year-old Larry Dean in connection to the grow house.
Officials seized 55 marijuana plants along with 19 clones, 68 grams of processed marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and grow equipment, one .357 pistol, and $740.
$200 of the $740 was determined to be "buy money" from an earlier undercover buy.
Due to the hazards from the grow room under the mobile home, 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.
Stokeley 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 had a Warrant for Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Structure for Sale of Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $71,500
Cotter was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, with a bond of $5,500.
Dean was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. No bond was set for him.