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Release Number: 09-175

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

June 24, 2009

JD Callaway:

(813) 247-8060




Arrested: Rafael Guerrero, DOB 3/27/74;

charges: Cultivation of marijuana, theft of electricity



Cultivation of marijuana, theft of electricity


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


6512 Runningwoods Drive






























Detectives found 29 marijuana plants weighing 32 pounds (street value of $128,000). Two bedrooms had been converted into grow operation rooms, and the resident had been stealing electricity to support the illegal operation. Detectives then discovered that the resident was drawing so much power to his illegal grow operation that a nearby electrical transformer was melting and on the verge of exploding (see accompanying photographs).