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Michel A. Alvarez-Gonzalez
7806 N. Cortez Ave.
Trafficking in Marijuana
Manufacture of Marijuana
Theft of Electricity
Possession for Purpose of Trafficking or Selling
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.