Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-145

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 5, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Detectives Receive Tip On Suspected Grow House

    Detectives seize Marijuana plants with a street value of $240,000.
    • Tuesday
    • May 4, 2010
    • Time: 5:00 PM
    • 7806 N. Cortez Ave.
    • Tampa, FL
    Suspect:
    Michel A. Alvarez-Gonzalez
    DOB: 04-28-76
    7806 N. Cortez Ave.
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:
    Trafficking in Marijuana
    Manufacture of Marijuana
    Theft of Electricity
    Possession for Purpose of Trafficking or Selling

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    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received information of a possible Marijuana grow operation located at 7806 Cortez Avenue in Tampa. Deputies were dispatched to the residence and discovered that 2 rooms inside the home were converted for the sole purpose of cultivating Marijuana. Nine large Marijuana plants in various flowering stages were found inside the home along with grow lights, ballasts, fans and a secondary air conditioning unit. Upon further investigation deputies discovered an illegal connection to a Tampa Electric meter box that was allowing unmetered electricity into the home.

    Deputies seized 9 large Marijuana plants totaling 62 pounds with an estimated street value of $240,000.00. The suspect was then taken into custody.

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