230 marijuana plants seized from home

The Glades County Sheriff’s Office made a notable arrest recently, after discovering an intricate grow house operation in Moore Haven.

The sheriff’s office was first alerted to a possible operation after Glades Electric reported a possible power diversion, according to Captain Mike Pepitone.

Law enforcement agencies are aware that many grow house operations, to conceal the vast requirements for running an indoor grow house, and to avoid large utility bills, divert power from nearby utility systems.

The call set off an investigation into the alleged power diversion. The sheriff’s office criminal investigations division managed to uncover a hidden marijuana grow operation, resulting in the seizure of 230 marijuana plants, indoor grow house equipment, and drug paraphernalia.

Charged with the crime was Jayne Segrea-Gonzalez, of Moore Haven. Segrea-Gonzalez was arrested on several charges, including: cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, trafficking in marijuana, owning structure to produce drugs, and possession of drug equipment or paraphernalia.

According to information released by the Glades County Sheriff’s Office, Segrea-Gonzalez, as the property owner, admitted to the grow house operations belonging to him.

Captain Pepitone reports that additional charges may be made against the suspect to address the theft of utilities.

The Glades County Democrat is published every Thursday.

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