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    Release Number: 15-028

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 15, 2015
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    Crime Stoppers Tip Leads To Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation

    The total weight of marijuana seized was nearly 20 pounds with an estimated street value of $40,000.
    • Tuesday
    • January 13, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 11634 Harmony Ranch Lane
    • Thonotosassa

    Arrested:


    Ahmed Montano
    DOB: 10/11/1985
    11634 Harmony Ranch Ln
    Thonotosassa, FL

    Charges:

    • Cultivation of Marijuana
    • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
    • Grand Theft of Electricity

    Arrested:


    Vladimir LaRosa
    DOB: 04/28/1964
    11634 Harmony Ranch Ln
    Thonotosassa, FL

    Charges:

    • Cultivation of Marijuana
    • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

    Details:

    On January 13, 2015, detectives within the Special Investigations Division began investigating a Crime Stoppers complaint stating marijuana was possibly being cultivated inside 11634 Harmony Ranch Ln in Thonotosassa.

    During the investigation, detectives obtained enough information to obtain and execute a search warrant on the residence.

    As a result, detectives located several rooms converted for the sole purpose of cultivating marijuana along with nineteen (19) marijuana plants which were growing inside soil-filled pots along with equipment used in the cultivation process. Detectives also located 11 pounds of processed marijuana which was in the process of being vacuum sealed.

    The total weight of marijuana seized was nearly 20 pounds with an estimated street value of $40,000.

    Representatives with TECO responded and located an illegal electrical meter connection that was providing unauthorized power to the residence with an estimated theft of $2,100.

    Both men were transported and booked into the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail.


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