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Sheriff: Daughter reports father was growing pot

MANATEE — A Palmetto father has been arrested on a charge of growing marijuana after his daughter reported his operation to a school resource officer, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The girl told a Palmetto Police officer her father was growing pot in their home in the 6100 block of 63rd Avenue East.

Based on the tip, on Wednesday, at around 12:30 a.m., deputies went to the home of Patrick C. Allerton, 63, and found eight marijuana plants and seven grams of pot in a dresser. Deputies also found more than $3,600 cash in the dresser along with other drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s report said.

Deputies arrested Allerton on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He was being held in the Manatee County jail Thursday on $10,500 bond.

Sheriff’s child protection officials placed Allerton’s daughter in the custody of a family friend, the sheriff’s report said.