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Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph “Shane” Robbins

PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/24/2014 

 9 arrested in marijuana growing and trafficking investigation - Hernandez Drug Trafficking Organization 


 

In May 2014, detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into the Hernandez marijuana drug trafficking organization. During the course of the investigation, detectives gathered information resulting in the arrest of 9 people, the seizure of 96 pounds of marijuana, an additional seizure of 70 marijuana plants, marijuana cultivation equipment, cash, and vehicles. The marijuana seized has a street value of $1.1 Million. 

Through their investigation, detectives learned 40-year-old Nelson Hernandez of Lake Wales traveled to south Florida with a large amount of marijuana. Surveillance followed Hernandez to an address in the Lake Worth area. West Palm Sheriff’s Office made contact at the residence, which led to the seizure of $17,000.00 in cash, located in Hernandez’s vehicle.  

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Hernandez was worried about Law Enforcement catching him with his grow operation.  In the week before search warrants were served, Hernandez began dismantling marijuana grow houses known to detectives. Surveillance followed Hernandez to 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Florida. Surveillance observed him removing several large containers, boxes, and large duffle bags, and taking them into the residence. Detectives learned Hernandez had discussed with friends having to pay a person $10,000.00 to keep the items at his residence. 

Ultimately, six (6) search warrants were authored and approved. On June 17, 2014, the search warrants were executed at the following residences.  

1.      2201 Walk in Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida

2.      214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Florida

3.      6074 Highway 60 E. Lake Wales, Florida

4.      2850 Walk in Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida

5.      2920 Walk in Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida

6.      2928 Walk in Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida

 

-          A total of ninety six (96) pounds of marijuana was seized from 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Florida.

-          At total of seventy (70) marijuana plants and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was seized from 2920 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida.

-          $5,866.00 in U.S. currency, a Toyota Sequoia , a power sport four wheeler, a Nissan Altima, were all seized from 6074 State Road 60, Alturas, Florida.

-          A 2006 Ford F-350 and marijuana cultivation equipment were seized from 2201 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Florida. (Hernandez’s address) 

Not all of the residences contained active indoor marijuana growing operations, but they did still have signs of prior cultivation to include taps diverting electricity before the meter. Diversions of electricity (electrical taps) were located at all six of the aforementioned residences. 

As a part of the investigation, a search was conducted at 185 111th Ocean, Marathon, Florida; the residence of Jesus Perdomo. During the search, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives, and Special Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement located documentation pertaining to businesses and bank accounts used to launder proceeds derived from the cultivation of marijuana. Court orders have been filed to freeze the bank accounts for investigation and potential forfeiture. 

The Department of Children and Families was notified and responded to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Southeast District Substation and placed the following children under their care: 

1.      A 5 year old male child of one of the suspects.  

2.      A 14 year old male child of one of the suspects.   

The following individuals were arrested: 

1.      Nelson Hernandez – DOB: 41 years old – Address: 2201 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

Charges: Cultivation of Cannabis (3 Counts), Trafficking in Cannabis, Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis, Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis, Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device, Theft of Utilities (Electric), Maintain a Dwelling/Structure for Manufacture of Cannabis

Place of Arrest: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Florida

Criminal History: Battery and Trespassing

 

2.      Zailen Hernandez-Alonso – 38 years old – Address: 2201 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

Charges: Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis, Maintain a Dwelling/Structure for Manufacture Cannabis, Theft of Utilities (Electric), Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device.

Place of Arrest:  2201 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

 

3.      Yohandi Hernandez-Cruz – 26 years old – Address: 2850 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

Charges: Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device.

Place of Arrest: 2850 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

 

4.      Reynel De Armas Fundora – 28 years old – Address: 2850 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl. (He was receiving public assistance)

Charges: Cultivation of Cannabis, Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device.

Place of Arrest: 2850 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

 

5.      Yasmany Gallardo – 30 years old – Address: 743 Walk In Water Road, Lake Wales, Fl.

Charges: Cultivation of Cannabis, Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device.

Place of Arrest: 6074 State Road 60, Alturas, Fl.

 

6.      Jose Diaz – 57 years old – Address: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Fl.

Charges: Trafficking in Cannabis, Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis, Maintain a Dwelling/Structure for Manufacture of Cannabis. (He was receiving public assistance)

Place of Arrest: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Fl.

Criminal History: None

Public Assistance: YES

 

7.      Francesca Lopez – 41 years old – Address: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Fl.

Charges: Trafficking in Cannabis

Place of Arrest: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Fl.

 

8.      Jesus Perdomo Padron – 41 years old – Address: 1185 111th Ocean, Marathon, Fl.

Charges: Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis Under 20 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis, Maintaining a Dwelling/Structure for Manufacture of Cannabis, Unlawful Use of Two-Way Device, and Theft of Utilities (Electric).

Place of Arrest: 6074 State Road 60, Alturas, Fl.

 

9.      Guillermo Jorrin – 43 years old – Address: 819 Woodlawn Drive, Sebring, Fl.

Charges: Trafficking Cannabis, Conspiracy to Cultivate Cannabis, Unlawful Use of Two-Way Device, Maintain a Structure for Manufacture of Cannabis.

Place of Arrest: 214 Limpkin Lane, Frostproof, Fl.

Criminal History: Disorderly Intoxication and Driving While Suspended or Revoked.