Two people were arrested Saturday, accused of transporting equipment used to grow marijuana.
Raidel Cordero Artigas, 30, of Tampa, and Ana Maria Mendez Lazo, 25, of Port Richey, are both facing charges of transporting drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Around 3:25 p.m., a Lee County sheriff’s deputy traveling north on I-75 pulled over a black and gold 2000 Ford F-350 with an expired tag, according to a news release. The deputy also became suspicious when he saw an air conditioner in the bed of the pickup covered by a tarp, which had come loose.
The pickup was stopped near the 139 mile marker, reports said. When he approached the vehicle, the deputy smelled marijuana.
Further investigation revealed about $5,000 worth of items commonly used in marijuana grow operations, including an industrial size blower, an air conditioner, an industrial size carbon filter, and miscellaneous electric cables and associated parts, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The carbon filter was inspected and tested positive for marijuana.