Think you know what's going on in your "safe" neighborhood? Deputies say you may be surprised. They say the number of homes they've raided for growing pot is "way up" from last year.
Alachua County deputies say it's not just sold on the streets anymore. The culture of drug dealing has changed... from outdoor growing and selling to highly sophisticated indoor operations.
"It's easier to do, not a lot of people are going to see it, (they think) if I can do it in a sophisticated manner, I might not get caught," says Alachua County Sheriff's Captain Jim Troiano.
With the drugs growing inside now, it's getting harder for police to catch dealers. But, drug dealing homes often have abnormal energy consumption and that can tip them off. Utility workers are on the look out for strange meter readings.
"If it's twice what it was the previous year that would certainly be an indication that there might be a problem," says Gainesville Regional Utility Field Services Manager Thor Wishart.
Deputies say drugs are a "growing" problem overall. In 2005, the last year numbers are available, drug arrests rose nine percent in North Central Florida.
Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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