At approximately 9:00 am this morning, Saturday, September 29, 2007, the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a reported shooting. Upon their arrival to 7520 Floral Circle East, in north
Lakeland, deputies learned that the residents of the address had left the neighborhood in their white Durango.
A partial tag was obtained and deputies were able to stop the vehicle traveling south on Highway 98, in north Lakeland. Two individuals were in the Durango, the driver side window had been busted, and the passenger, a female, had what appeared to be a neck wound.
The occupants of the Durango reported that they had been the victims of a home invasion. The female, Aymara Irsula Eloy, DOB 4-12-1984, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.
The male, Jorge Hernandez Parra, DOB 11-8-1976, returned with deputies to the Floral Circle address. What deputies found in this middle class neighborhood was that inside the house, was an extensive hydroponic marijuana grow house operation with approximately 347 mature plants ready for harvest. The street value of these plants, a female variety called Sensimilla, is estimated at $1,041,000.00.
Eloy is in stable condition at LRMC. Parra was taken into custody and will be charged with Cultivation of Cannabis. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.
Detectives are searching for what has been described as two male suspects driving a dark colored car, possibly a Mercedes, and thought to be the individuals that broke into the residence to steal the marijuana. According to Parra and Eloy, they awoke to noise in the house and attempted to escape in the Durango, and subsequently during a confrontation, Eloy was shot.
"This is just another example of criminals attempting to disguise their crimes in our neighborhoods," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We will not tolerate this criminal intrusion into our communities." Sheriff Judd said that this is one of the largest “grow house” operations dismantled by PCSO detectives this year, with over 20 operations to date, and the first incident of violence directly related to a marijuana operation in Polk County. Areas of Miami have typically seen violent crimes associated with marijuana cultivation and a number of those arrested in Polk County have had Miami addresses. Parra provided a former address of 461 S. W. 7th Street, Apartment 2, Miami. A second address for Eloy is 4856 Senander Crescent, Carlton Arms Apartments, North Lakeland.
“Grow-House” activity can include, but is not limited to, windows of the residence be covered at all times; cars that arrive, stay for short periods of time and leave; florescent lightening at all hours; or no garbage outside that would indicate people are occupying the home.
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity immediately to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.533.0344.
Parra’s book in photo will be distributed as soon as it is available.