Cops Leave Ransom Note For Seized Pot Plants; Suspect Tries To Get Them Back

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Monroe Co., FL Sheriff’s Dept
The cops didn’t know who grew the pot, so they left this note. The suspect called them back.

‚ÄčIf someone ever steals your plants and leaves a ransom note for them, you might want to think about who left the note before responding.

A Marathon, Florida couple were a little too willing to pay $200 to get their six marijuana plants back, calling only 10 minutes after reading a ransom note for the missing crop. Trouble is, it was the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that got the plants and left the note, reports KeysNet.com.
The ransom note read “Thanks for the grow! You want them back? Call for the price. Let’s talk.” The note then contained a police phone number.
Deputies say they found the plants in a wooded lot after receiving a tip. Since they didn’t know who grew the stuff, the ransom note was bait for the grower, if he was dumb enough.

Steven Locasio, 40, met police agents and handed over the cash, and was immediately arrested. Deputies then got a search warrant for Locasio’s apartment. The search turned up 20 more cannabis plants, four pounds of pot in the freezer, “several” 80-milligram Oxycontin tablets, and $1,380 in cash, which of course the cops claim is “proceeds from drug sales.”
Locasio and his 50-year-old wife, Christine Locasio, were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale of marijuana.
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