Plant City, Florida -- Four people were arrested after a call of a burglary in progress at a Plant City home resulted in a grow house bust on March 7.
Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies responded to the 911 call at the home in the 6600 block of Knights Griffin Road after a witness reported seeing a van drop two men off at the home and then take off.
When deputies arrived, they discovered fresh pry marks on the back of a shed. K-9 deputies then tracked and located two suspects, Yunel Hernandez-Carrera and Leonardo Benito Catala. Both were arrested without incident.
Patrol deputies located the van nearby and later arrested the driver Yenisleidy Moreno-Morgan.
During the search of a detached garage, detectives discovered it had been converted for the sole purpose of cultivating marijuana. A total of 66 large marijuana plants growing inside soil-filled pots were seized along with several pieces of equipment used to manufacture marijuana.
TECO responded and located an illegal electricity connection providing unmetered electricity to the garage and estimates the theft of electricity at approximately $10,000.
Detectives arrested the tenant, Luis Alvarez-Alonso, and charged him with Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacture of Marijuana, Own, Lease or Rent for Purpose of Trafficking, Grand Theft Third Degree (Electricity). The marijuana had a total weight of 220 pounds with an estimated street value of $265,000.
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