North Port Police executed a search warrant Thursday at a suspected marijuana grow house in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla - More than 100 marijuana plants and equipment used to conduct an illegal grow were seized from a Sarasota County home, according to North Port Police.

Maykel Benitez-Abella, 35, and Lumey Echevarria-Hernandez, 32, were arrested.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, North Port Police Department Special Investigations Unit with the assistance of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and AIR 1 executed a search warrant at 5611 Tropicaire Boulevard and 5902 Taneytown Street.

Authorities say the home was a suspected marijuana grow house.

According to officers, they discovered 125 marijuana plants that were full grown.  They also say they seized equipment that is typically used to conduct an illegal grow.

Both Benitez-Abella and Echevarria-Hernandez are facing multiple charges including trafficking in cannabis (over 15 pounds or more than 300 plants), possession of drug paraphernalia, keeping a structure for use of/selling a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.

Deputies estimate the street value of the drugs seized to be $125,000.

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