Grow House Bust

NEWS RELEASE #: 16-174

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man after discovering a marijuana grow operation inside his Englewood home.

Special Investigation Section Detectives executed a search warrant on Tuesday at 1492 Keyway Road, and discovered a grow operation inside a concrete building detached from the main house. Within the building, detectives located 25 cannabis plants each with access to irrigation, lights, fans and electric. More than 59 pounds of marijuana was seized.

Detectives charged Ronald Ortiz, DOB 08/12/48, with Trafficking in Marijuana in Excess of 25 Pounds. He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.
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