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Release Number: 09-176

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

June 24, 2009

JD Callaway:

(813) 247-8060




Arrested: Eric Bryant Tharpe, DOB 1/27/74

charge: Cultivation of Marijuana


Cultivation of Marijuana


June 24, 2009


1423 Sandlake Drive





Detectives seized 13 marijuana plants weighing 3.7 pounds (street value of $14,800). Someone tipped law enforcement to the apartment after noticing a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment. The suspect had been ventilating the growing operation into the walls of his apartment, thus creating the strong stench and a health hazard to the other residents.