Handcuffed Miami-Dade Suspect Hit by Car After Fleeing Scene of Grow House Bust

Deputies reported finding 72 marijuana plants valued at $216,000

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014  |  Updated 5:49 PM EDT
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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 reports that Mondeja and Venegas face two counts of marijuana trafficking.

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