Tamarindo man facing pot-growing allegation

A 38-year-old U.S. citizen and Tamarindo resident has been detained in an investigation of marijuana cultivation.

The man was identified by the Poder Judicial with the last name of Francesco. He was detained after Judicial Investigating Organization agents conducted raids on his home and on a home he rented in El Llano de Santa Cruz.

The El Llano property had two air conditioned rooms where some 107 pots contained marijuna plants, judicial police said. The rooms also has a hydroponic system for the plants, said agents.

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