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Updated: 06/11/2018 10:55:59AM

Ex-coach gets a year for pot grow house

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Deputies searched the concrete building next to the home on property owned by Ron Ortiz. They found a grow operation with 25 plants, lighting and fans, reports show.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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A former longtime youth sports coach has begun serving a year-long jail sentence for operating a marijuana grow house at his Englewood home.

Ron William Ortiz, 69, pleaded no contest in May to trafficking marijuana, and was sentenced to 363 days in the Sarasota County Jail followed by two years of probation. The judge waived the $25,000 fine and other court costs.

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