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‘One of the best we’ve ever seen’

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tucked away in the remote woods of Hillsborough County an unassuming tan colored home was beginning to spill her secrets.

Sheriff investigators say over the weekend they discovered one man dead on the porch and another man shot in the leg.

While they investigated the murder scene, deputies stumbled across what they say is the largest marijuana grow house they've ever seen.

Col. Donna Lusczynski says other grow houses discovered in neighboring counties have been impressive, but not like this one.

Nearly the entire 3,000 sq. foot home was turned into an elaborate and sophisticated growing operation.

Just the equipment alone, detectives say, was worth $1 million.

"What you think would be a house is just walls with silver lining, they had lighting tracks in each of the rooms, irrigation systems to water the plants.  Very sophisticated, one of the best we've seen," he said.

About 207 plants and 1,000 pounds of pot were confiscated, which has a street value of half a million dollars.

It's not clear how long the grow house has been there, but detectives say it was a smooth operation.

"They had two transformers, two large size transformers on their property alone, that they had installed to circumvent some of the TECO power boxes and getting electricity. They were stealing electricity to supply their organization, " Lusczynski said.

Detectives says the men had also broken into TECO lines and diverted power to the Plant City home.

A barn behind the home was not wasted space. Investigators say 10-foot high marijuana plants were growing there as well.

Neighbor Dale Rumore has seen law enforcement activity the past few days but never imagined what was growing nearby.

"I'm really shocked for that to be in this area. I'm really surprised," he said.

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