Thanks to a valuable partnership between TECO (Tampa Electric Company) and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a sophisticated marijuana grow operation was discovered and dismantled in Auburndale.
On Wednesday, August 24, 2011, TECO representatives went to 2385 Taylor Road in Auburndale to remove the electric meter and noticed an illegal electrical tap at the residence. TECO representatives have been trained to detect the signs of marijuana grow houses - many grow houses contain illegal systems designed to circumvent electricity.
The TECO representatives contaced the Polk County Sheriff's Office with their suspicions. PCSO detectives arrived, saw the illegal tap, and noted the odor of marijuana emanating from the home. Based on their probable cause, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence, and inside located an elaborate grow system and 52 mature marijuana plants. The grow system was dismantled and the plants were seized and destroyed.
No residents were home at the time of the search warrant. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
"We partner with many different entities and companies throughout the county to fight crime. This is just one example of how these valuable partnerships help improve the quality of life in Polk County. Thank you, TECO, for helping us rid our county of illegal drugs." - Sheriff Grady Judd