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3 grow houses busted in Brooksville in 3 days

Brooksville, Florida -- The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit had a busy couple of days busting two Brooksville grow houses just three miles apart and another in Spring Hill.

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The first grow house, in the 12300 block of Peregrine Falcon Avenue, was discovered because the renter, Nicholas Khalili, refused to let the property manager inspect the home as was agreed upon in the rental agreement. In the agreement, the home was to be inspected every six months.

When she did inspect the home, the property manager found the home had no furniture and several suspicious items including three wooden tracks attached to coils hanging from the master bedroom ceiling and numerous buckets, hoses and plastic tarps in the garage. She took some photos, left the area and immediately called law enforcement.

When deputies arrived on Jan. 10, no one was home, but they noticed a large U-Haul parked in the driveway and could smell marijuana coming from it.

Additionally, on the ground between the garage and the U-Haul, deputies noticed marijuana leaves which tested positive for THC.

Deputies got search warrants for both the home and the U-Haul and found inside the house 191 cloned marijuana plants and numerous items of cultivation equipment. Inside the U-Haul they found 144 marijuana plants along with numerous items of cultivation equipment.

Khalili, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The second home, in the 15200 block of Pomp Parkway, was discovered on Jan. 11 when detectives, in the area on an unrelated investigation, noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the home.

Detectives approached the home to investigate and overheard a man speaking Spanish on the phone. Once the home was surrounded, detectives knocked on the front door. The man inside tried running out through the back door but was arrested by deputies.

A search of the home revealed marijuana was being grown in three bedrooms of the home and in the garage. In all, 50 very robust marijuana plants, 185.9 grams of processed and bagged marijuana and numerous items of cultivation equipment were seized from the home.

Didier Vazquez, 32, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana and person in possession of a structure for the purpose of manufacturing a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana.

A search warrant was executed at the third home, in the 8400 block of Annapolis Road, on Jan. 9.

Detectives seized 17.8 grams of marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and items used to cultivate marijuana.

A couple living in the home, Louis Kennedy, 43, and Michele Arusztowicz, 39, were arrested and each charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver. A juvenile, who was also living in the home, was turned over to a family member.

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