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Two drug suspects busted

RICKREALL -- A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation and the subsequent arrests of two local men on June 5.

June 10, 2009

RICKREALL -- A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation and the subsequent arrests of two local men on June 5.

At about 3:15 p.m., Viorel Capraru, 32, of Rickreall was pulled over by a Polk County Sheriff's deputy on Greenwood Road for a traffic violation.

Capraru ran from the vehicle and into his nearby home at 8430 Rickreall Road. His passenger, Brian Scott, 49, remained in the car, the sheriff's office said.

Scott, Capraru's roommate, gave deputies permission to search the home. Capraru decided to surrender after learning that a canine unit had been called in, said Polk Lt. Jeff Isham.

During a search of the house afterward, authorities found 47 marijuana plants, seven handguns, a rifle and $600 believed to be connected to drug proceeds.

Capraru was arrested and charged with two counts each of eluding a police officer and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He was also charged with three outstanding warrants issued in Polk, Marion and Douglas counties.

Scott was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

The incident is still under investigation and more charges against the suspects may be filed, Isham said.