Officers spot marijuana plants


Deputy Michael Moore located marijuana plants from a helicopter along with another officer on Monday.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 9:25 p.m.

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

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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