HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Bay News 9)[Tampa, FL] -- Hillsborough County deputies netted 70 arrests, 6,000 marijuana plants and 3,200 pounds of pot worth $13 million in a recent drug bust called Operation Indoor Outlaws.
Authorities say they found pot growing in 62 houses. They also seized cash and weapons. In all, officers say they've arrested 70 people since February. Some of the suspects were hiding their operation in plain sight.
Teresa Wiggins was a neighbor of Naldo Diaz Jr., who was arrested on charges he was operating a grow house. "You'd never know it from looking over there," she said. "He was such a nice guy. I couldn't believe he had done something like that."
Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee says this crackdown won't be the last.
"Absolutely," he said. "This is just the tip of the iceberg. It really is."
Authorities say they still need to arrest nine more people. The sheriff's office says the suspects stole about a $500,000 worth of electricity from utilities to run their grow house operations.
therustedgauge added 1 Minutes and 6 Seconds later...
SWIM thinks the local government should spend more money busting rapists and murderers; Though, SWIM also believes stealing $500k worth of electricity deserves to get arrested, that only makes everyone else's electric bills higher!
(and shit if they arent already expensive) :s