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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 12/11/2014 

 PCSO Undercover Narcotics Detectives Make Four Arrests, Dismantle Five Marijuana Grow Houses in Poinciana and Lake Wales 


This week Polk County Sheriff's undercover Narcotics detectives arrested three men and one woman and dismantled five marijuana grow houses in the Poinciana and Lake Wales areas. 

According to the affidavits, in October 2014, detectives began an investigation into suspicious activity at a residence in Poinciana. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence, and found two rooms being used as a marijuana grow operation. Evidence inside the home led detectives to three other grow houses. Additionally, detectives assisted the Lake Wales Police Department with dismantling a grow house within the city limits. The following grow houses were located and dismantled:

  • 145 Big Black Drive in Poinciana, where detectives seized 57 live marijuana plants, 50 light hoods, 18 ballasts, 27 high intensity light bulbs, 13 fans, 7 charcoal filters, 3 electrical boxes with illegally tapped electricity, and 4 garbage bags full of harvested marijuana. 
  • 411 Ohio Lane in Poinciana, where detectives seized 78 live marijuana plants, 23 light hoods, 22 ballasts, 24 high intensity light bulbs, and 1 fan
  • 411 Arkansas Court in Poinciana, where detectives seized 44 live marijuana plants, 12 light hoods, 12 ballasts, and 12 high intensity light bulbs
  • 306 Grouper Drive in Poinciana, where detectives found several pieces of equipment used to cultivate marijuana
  • 290 Brookshire Drive in Lake Wales, where detectives seized 64 marijuana plants, 36 ballasts, 36 high intensity bulbs, 3 charcoal filters, and illegally tapped electricity.

The following arrests were made:

  • Ciro Carrasco-Fernandez, DOB 1/21/1984, who lives at 405 Basil Circle in Kissimmee but maintains the grow house operation at 145 Big Black Drive in Poinciana; charged with: one count Trafficking in Marijuana, one count Cultivation of Marijuana, one count Use of Dwelling to Traffick Marijuana, one count Theft of Utility, one count Possession of Paraphernalia.
  • Yanel Lugo-Martinez, DOB 7/1/1983, who lives at 306 Grouper Drive, and maintains a grow house at the Grouper Drive home and at 411 Ohio Lane home; charged with: two counts Cultivation of Marijuana, one count Possession of Marijuana, two counts Use of Dwelling to Traffick Marijuana, one count Theft of Utility, two counts Possession of Paraphernalia.
  • Juan Castaneda, DOB 5/18/1986, who lives at and maintains a grow house at 290 Brookshire Drive in Lake Wales; charged with: one count Trafficking in Marijuana, one count Cultivation of Marijuana, one count Use of Dwelling to Traffick Marijuana, one count Theft of Utility, one count Possession of Paraphernalia.
  • Claudia Rivero, DOB 9/19/1986, who lives at 290 Brookshire Drive with Castaneda; charged with: one count Trafficking in Marijuana, one count Cultivation of Marijuana, one count Use of Dwelling to Traffick Marijuana, one count Theft of Utility, one count Possession of Paraphernalia.