Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-185

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 3, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Detectives Seize 75 Marijuana Plants Worth $940,000.00

    Detectives discover grow house with huge payout.
    • Wednesday
    • June 2, 2010
    • Time: 4:08 PM
    • 5407 Pershing Place North
    • Tampa, FL

    Carlos Ceruto, Jr.
    DOB 12-20-89
    5407 North Pershing Place
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Trafficking in Marijuana
    Manufacture of Marijuana
    Own, Lease or Rent for the Purpose of Manufacturing Marijuana
    Driving with License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked

    Carlos Ceruto
    DOB 05-08-57
    5407 North Pershing Place
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Trafficking in Marijuana
    Manufacture of Marijuana
    Possession for Purpose of Trafficking or Selling
    Trespass and Larceny with Relation to Utilities

    On June 2, 2010 members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested Carlos Ceruto and his son, Carlos Ceruto, Jr. for cultivating and trafficking in marijuana. Consent to search the residence was given to detectives which led to the discovery of two rooms that had been converted for the sole purpose of growing marijuana. The room was equipped with lights, fans, ballasts, and a secondary air conditioning unit, all of which were illegally tapped into Tampa Electric service line. Detectives seized 75 marijuana plants weighing 235 lbs. with a street value of $940,000.00.

    Both father and son were arrested and transported to Orient Road Jail.
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