Investigation of underground pot growing operation continues

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 9:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 9:07 a.m.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office updated information about a man arrested earlier this week as part of an underground marijuana growing operation.

The man in custody has been identified as William Diaz, 53, the Sheriff’s Office reported late Tuesday. He originally told investigators his name was Eduardo Morales Rodriguez and said he was 47. Diaz now is in federal custody, according to the law enforcement agency.

Officers still were trying to identify a woman who was arrested at the property at 3651 NE 140th Ave. on Monday.

Investigators discovered almost 200 high-grade marijuana plants on the 50-acre property, concealed in a bunker beneath a pole barn. The bunker had been equipped with air conditioning, a generator, a computer system and an irrigation system. Officers have estimated the value at the plants at almost $900,000.

Officers also reported that they found powdered cocaine at the property and additional charges could be filed in the case, which may end up in federal court.

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