Deputies: Family arrested for running $1M pot grow house operation, stealing electricity

Posted at 9:19 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 09:19:48-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A mother, father, and son have been arrested and charged in connection to a million-dollar marijuana grow house operation at three locations in Hillsborough County.

Deputies say Maritza Rodon, Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez, and Ariel Fernandez were arrested without incident and charged with Trafficking Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Grand Theft Electricity, Rent/Own/Lease for Purposes of Trafficking and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputies and special investigators with the county served four court-authorized search warrants on Wednesday in reference to indoor marijuana grow operations at 8912 Westbay Blvd., 5914 Birchwood Dr., 13716 Old Farm Dr., and 8222 Drycreek Dr.  Deputies found that three of the four locations were converted to marijuana grow houses.

TECO Energy also responded to the scenes and located illegal electric connection providing un-metered electricity to all three residents. The combined total electricity stolen was $21,402.70.

Deputies say this is the 37th indoor marijuana grow operation eradicated in 2017.