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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-094

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 11, 2014
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    Burglary Calls Leads To The Discovery Of Marijuana Grow House

    Deputies arrest four suspects.
    • Friday
    • March 7, 2014
    • Time: 11:42 AM
    • 6608 Knights Griffin Road W
    • Plant City

    Arrested:


    Leonardo Catala
    DOB: 10/04/1979
    13455 3 Street SW Apt 213
    Pembroke Pines

    Charges:

    • Possession of Burglary Tools
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure

    Arrested:


    Yuniel Hernandez-Carrera
    DOB: 8/17/1979
    1110 24th St NW
    Miami

    Charges:

    • Possession of Burglary Tools
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure

    Arrested:


    Yenisleidy Moreno-Morgan
    DOB: 6/29/1988
    1110 24th St NW
    Miami

    Charges:

    • Possession of Burglary Tools
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure

    Arrested:


    Luis Alvarez-Alonso
    DOB: 8/27/1973
    6608 Knights Griffin Road W
    Plant City

    Charges:

    • Trafficking in Marijuana
    • Manufacture of Marijuana
    • Own, Lease or Rent for Purpose of Trafficking
    • Grand Theft Third Degree

    Grow Operation:

     
     

    Details:

    On March 7, 2014 at approximately 11:42 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary in progress at 6608 Knights Griffin Road in Plant City. A witness reported seeing a van drop two men off at the residence and then take off.

    When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered fresh pry marks on the rear of a shed. K-9 deputies then tracked and located two suspects, Yunel Hernandez-Carrera and Leonardo Benito Catala. Both were arrested without incident. Patrol deputies located the van nearby and later arrested driver Yenisleidy Moreno-Morgan in connection with the other two males involved.

    During the search of a detached garage, detectives discovered it had been converted for the sole purpose of cultivating marijuana. A total of sixty-six large marijuana plants growing inside soil-filled pots were seized along with several pieces of equipment used to manufacture marijuana. TECO responded and located an illegal electricity connection providing unmetered electricity to the garage and estimates the theft of electricity at approximately $10,000.00.

    Detectives arrested the tenant, Luis Alvarez-Alonso, and charged him with Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacture of Marijuana, Own, Lease or Rent for Purpose of Trafficking, Grand Theft Third Degree (Electricity). The marijuana had a total weight of 220 pounds with an estimated street value of $265,000.00.

    All four suspects were arrested without incident and booked into the Orient Road Jail.
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