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Self-Storage Tenant Storing Marijuana Complains About Mice Damage

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A tenant at an Ocala, Fla., self-storage facility who complained about mice damaging his property was storing marijuana in the unit.

Salomon Penaloza-Benitez logged a complaint with the manager at Southern Self Storage. But when she told him she would take care of the problem, the tenant told her not to worry about it.

Ocala Police Department found 18 pounds of marijuana in clear vacuum-sealed bags inside backpacks in the unit. Penaloza-Benitez was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana more than 20 grams with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While walking the property, a manager at the facility noticed a green leafy substance inside a unit. She called police who found a substantial amount of a green leafy substance in front of a unit. A search warrant was issued, and the substance was tested and was confirmed to be marijuana.

Penaloza-Benitez had rented the storage unit since March.

Source:,   Man Complaining About Mice Later Charged with Drug Possession

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