- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a handcuffed suspect was hit by a vehicle after fleeing the scene of a southwest Florida grow house bust.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports that detectives had been watching 27-year-old Ivan Pedroso Mondeja and 43-year-old Vladimir Castilla Venegas at a Golden Gate Estates home Thursday. Once the Miami-Dade County men left, they were picked up during a traffic stop, while deputies executed a search warrant at the home.

Deputies reported finding 72 marijuana plants valued at $216,000. At some point, officials say Mondeja ran away from the scene, still in handcuffs. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that he was hit by a vehicle after running into the street. He was hospitalized and listed in stable condition later Thursday.

The Naples Daily News (https://goo.gl/LoibrX ) reports that Mondeja and Venegas face two counts of marijuana trafficking.


Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com

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