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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-328

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 3, 2017
    • Contact Person:
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    Family Operating Marijuana Grow Houses

    The marijuana had a street value of $1,079,280.00.
    • Wednesday
    • August 2, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    Maritza Rodon

    DOB: 03/07/1957
    8222 Drycreek Dr
    Tampa, FL


    Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez 

    DOB: 06/02/1951
    8222 Drycreek Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Ariel Fernandez 
    DOB: 02/17/1976
    9713 Stone Mountain Pl
    Tampa, FL

    Grow Operation:



    On August 2, 2017, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Special Investigation Division and the Patrol District 3, Street Crimes Unit served four (4) court authorized search warrants in reference to indoor marijuana grow operations at 8912 Westbay Bl, 5914 Birchwood Dr, 13716 Old Farm Dr, and 8222 Drycreek Drive. Three of the four locations were converted for the sole purpose of cultivating marijuana.

    Detectives arrested Maritza Rodon, Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez and Ariel Fernandez without incident and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Grand Theft Electricity, Rent / Own / Lease for Purposes of Trafficking and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

    TECO responded and located an illegal electric connection providing unmetered electricity at all three residences which had a combined total electricity theft of $21,402.70.

    In all, Detectives recovered a High point 9mm semi-auto and 370 marijuana plants which had a total weight of 539 pounds. The marijuana had a street value of $1,079,280.00.

    This grow house operation was run by the mother, father, and adult son. This is the 37th indoor marijuana grow operation eradicated in 2017.


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