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Release Number: 09-004

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

January 7, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060









Gilberto Alvarez, Jr.  DOB 2-13-64

2014 East Lumsden Road, Valrico


Charges:  Trafficking in Marijuana

                Cultivation of Marijuana

                Theft of Electricity


Marijuana Indoor Grow Operation


January 6, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.


2014 East Lumsden Road, Valrico






On January 6, 2009 the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed as court authorized search warrant at the address of 2014 East Lumsden Road, Valrico.  A search of the residence yielded a residence converted for the sole purpose of cultivation of marijuana.  The residence was equipped with the numerous ballasts; grow lights and various other marijuana indoor grow equipment.  A total of 80 marijuana plants were seized from the residence.  The marijuana weighed 235 pounds and has a street value of $940,000.00.  Alvarez was arrested and transported to Orient Road Jail.