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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/6/2014 

 PCSO Detectives Discover Cocaine and Over 24 Pounds of Cannabis During Death Investigation 

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives discover cocaine, over 24 pounds of cannabis in various stages of production, and a grow house operation after responding to reported death at a Waverly residence. 

At approximately 6:58 am, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported death at 236 C. F. Kinney Road, in Waverly.  Upon their arrival, deputies found 42-year-old Milca Suarez DOB 05/15/1971, performing CPR on her husband 42-year-old Luis Suarez DOB 06/15/1971.  Deputies and emergency medical responder’s attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful. 

As detectives were investigating the death a plastic baggie with 7.2 grams of cocaine powder was located in a nightstand in the couple’s master bedroom, and approximately 248.7 grams cannabis, processed and packaged for sale, was located in the bedroom closet.  

During a further search of the property, detectives located another 326.5 grams of cannabis, processed and packaged for sale in an office desk drawer.   

Milca told detectives she had hidden the cocaine and cannabis in the master bedroom after finding her husband deceased.  She stated she uses the office but was unaware of the packaged cannabis located in the desk drawer. 

Detectives located a barn in the backyard of the residence where 31 cannabis plants were found growing with artificial light.  In a separate room of the barn, 22 plastic bags of processed cannabis were located with a field weight of 4900 grams.  A plastic bag of cannabis clippings was also located.  There were a total of 5 hoods, 40 light bulbs, and 27 ballasts located.  There was an electric tap located on the property, which indicated the homeowners were stealing electricity. 

A total of 5,475 grams (12.2lbs) – field weight - of processed cannabis, 5,500 grams (12.2 lbs) – field weight - of cannabis plants and clippings, and 10 guns with ammunition were recovered from the property.   

Two minor children were at the residence at the time of the incident and investigation – DCF responded and placed the children in protective services.  

Milca Suarez was charged with:

·         Manufacture of Cannabis                                     

·         Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams             

·         Possession of Cocaine                                         

·         Manufacture Cannabis                                                                                         

·         Possession of Structure for Cultivating Cannabis with a Minor Present

·         2 counts Child Abuse/Negligence

·         Tampering with Evidence

Milca was booked into the Polk County jail.