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Hendry County man arrested for grow house operation

Posted at 7:26 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 19:26:48-04

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla — The Hendry County Sheriff's Office says a man was arrested for a marijuana grow operation.

Investigators say the Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Swat team, did a search warrant in the community of Montura Ranch Estates in central Hendry County.

Deputies located 37-year-old Deynier Salazar Prieto in his home and found an indoor marijuana grow house within a semi-trailer.

Investigators say it was being powered by stolen electricity. They also found several live marijuana plants and numerous amount of vacuum-sealed bags containing marijuana.

Deputies confiscated 21.72 pounds of marijuana prepackaged for sale, two firearms, and $1707.00 in cash from the home.

Investigators say the power company reported that they had been defrauded of $20,000.00 worth of electricity.

Prieto was arrested and charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Theft of Utilities to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Possession, and Use of Drug Equipment and Operating a Drug House.

He was released on September 18, 2020, on a $20,000.00 bond.