Deputies spot pot plants from the air

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:25 p.m.

Two deputies spotted $14,000 in marijuana plants while flying a routine patrol over northwest Alachua County Monday afternoon.

Officers located 14 marijuana plants growing near a home in the Jonesville area at about 2:30 p.m., said Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk.

Detective/Pilot Brett Rhodenizer and Observation Deputy Michael Moore first located the grow operation during a patrol flight 700 feet in the air, Faulk said.

No arrests have been made so far in connection with the marijuana growing operation, Faulk said Tuesday. Suspects could face charges of possession and cultivation of marijuana.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 352-955-1818 or Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867. Crime Stopper callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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