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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 9/26/2007 

 Deputies Discover Two Separate Marijuana Grow House Operations  

On Wednesday, September 26, 2007, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned neighbor about the residence located at 6314 West Forestwood Drive in north Lakeland. The reportee told PCSO that she thought she heard a gunshot coming from that residence. When Northwest District Patrol deputies arrived on-scene, there was no answer at the door and they grew concerned. Just as they were about to make forced entry into the home, the homeowners drove up to their residence and allowed deputies into the home. There, not only did the deputies not find a victim of a gunshot wound, but instead they discovered in the master bedroom of the home a sophisticated system for growing marijuana plants using stolen electricity.

Detectives from the Bureau of Special Investigations took over the investigation at that point and seized 54 plants, valued at $1,000 each. The man and woman who are renting and living in the home, Tomas Hernandez, DOB 12/26/68, and Dayamis Perez, DOB 2/27/73, both of Cuban descent with Miami addresses, were arrested and charged with Trafficking in Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis, and Lease/Rent a Place for Trafficking in Cannabis. They will be booked into the Polk County Jail this evening under no bond until a first appearance hearing on Thursday.

During the investigation at the West Forestwood Drive location, detectives found information which led them to a second address in Winter Haven - 1380 36th Street NW. Detectives obtained probable cause to serve a search warrant there, and once inside they discovered and seized 138 mature marijuana plants, and evidence of stolen electricity. The following men were arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Cultivate Marijuana: Bartolome Rosalino, DOB 8/24/86; Albaro Mejia-Solares, DOB 8/26/67; and Luis Cossro, DOB 9/26/67. All three will remain in the Polk County Jail under no bond until a first appearance hearing on Thursday.