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Over 60 marijuana plants found in Punta Gorda grow house operation

Over 60 marijuana plants found in Punta Gorda
Over 60 marijuana plants found in Punta Gorda
Posted at 8:22 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 08:22:12-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Punta Gorda man is facing multiple drug charges after a marijuana grow house was discovered on his property.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, a search warrant was executed at a home on Disston Avenue on Friday.

An unattached structure on the property was found to contain a marijuana cultivation operation, including 21 mature plants, 31 clone plants, 10 small plants, and over 72 grams of bagged marijuana.

Four residents of the home were questioned, including two adults, one juvenile, and a special needs adult.  Of those four, 49-year-old Lasaro Banos was arrested on drug charges.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office aggressively pursues tips related to illegal drug sales and manufacturing. Tips can be emailed to the Narcotics Unit at or called in to 941-575-5361. Tips can also be provided anonymously to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-780-TIPS.