After receiving information about malnourished animals and a possible cannabis grow operation at 2000 West Frostproof Road, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives made contact with the residents on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Detectives met with 49-year-old Luis Ivan Guerrero Delgado 07-11-64, and 48-year-old Noelia Margarita Ramirez 06-10-65 and through their investigation, detectives discovered two rooms in a barn located on the property were being utilized to grow cannabis.
One of the rooms had been just harvested while the other room had 37 immature cannabis plants growing inside. Also discovered in the barn were high intensity grow lights and grow light hoods, electric ballasts, air conditioners, air filters, plastic pots used for cannabis cultivation and cannabis plant stalks and roots.
In addition to the plants, detectives discovered 15 pounds of harvested cannabis buds, a 30-30 rifle, and two 357 magnum handguns in the mobile home on the property. Duke energy responded and determined that the suspects had unlawfully bypassed the electric meter.
Detectives located five horses on the property and determined, while the animals needed improved care, there was no indication they were currently malnourished or abused. In addition, detectives found 10 dogs, nine of which had no tags or proof of rabies vaccinations.
Delgado and Ramirez were placed under arrest and the property and care of the animals was turned over to a family member who was instructed on how to improve the animals’ care.
Both Delgado and Ramirez were charged with Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sale, Possession of Cannabis – over 20 grams, Maintaining Structure for Drug Manufacturing, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
In addition, Delgado was cited for not having the dogs properly licensed and rabies vaccinated and for not providing one dog with adequate shelter – total cost of the citations were $798. Delgado was given 30 days to improve the health of the animals.
Delgado and Ramirez were both booked into the Polk County Jail.