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News Date: 1/29/2014 

 PCSO Undercover Detectives Dismantle Marijuana Grow House 


On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Polk County Sheriff's undercover Narcotics detectives served a search warrant at a Poinciana residence based on information they received that it was being used as a marijuana grow house.

Detectives arrived at 476 Rio Grande Court in Poinciana and found seven people at home -- five adults, and two children. 38-year-old Hector Diaz (8/21/75) was identified as the homeowner.  Both of the children in the home belong to him. 

While serving the search warrant, detectives located two upstairs bedrooms being used to cultivate marijuana. The marijuana was in the harvesting phase.  Detectives seized and destroyed 15 pounds of harvested marijuana and the plant stalks from which the marijuana buds had been removed; 21 electric ballasts; 15 high-intensity bulbs; 12 light hoods; pots; fertilizer; and illegally diverted electricity.  

The children were placed into DCF custody.

Arrested were:

Hector Diaz, DOB 8/21/75, of 476 Rio Grande Court, Poinciana; charged with: one count Trafficking in Cannabis; one count Cultivation of Cannabis with Minor Present; two counts Child Neglect; one count Use of Dwelling for Drug Trafficking; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Franciso Perez, DOB 11/13/64, of 1701 Mabbette St Apt 201, Kissimmee; charged with: one count Trafficking in Cannabis; one count Cultivation of Cannabis; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; one count Possession of Cannabis.

Daniel Rodriguez, DOB 10/26/73, of 2770 Muscatello St, Orlando; charged with: one count Trafficking in Cannabis; one count Cultivation of Cannabis; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Luis Gonzalez-Lopez, DOB 5/29/57, of 2770 Muscatello St, Orlando; charged with: one count Trafficking in Cannabis; one count Cultivation of Cannabis; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.