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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-674

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 9, 2017
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    HCSO Deputies Raid Grow House

    Two people are arrested in connection with the marijuana grow operation.
    • Tuesday
    • November 7, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 4513 Burke Street West
    • Tampa, Florida


    Pedro Avila
    DOB: 9/11/1981
    4513 Burke St W

    Charges: Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacture of Marijuana, Own,Lease or Rent for purpose of trafficking, Grand theft Third Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance (2 counts)

    Mercedes Enciso
    DOB: 5/13/1958
    4513 Burke St W

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


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office logged its 59th grow house raid of the year on Wednesday when they arrested Pedro Avila and Mercedes Enciso who had over $150,000 worth of marijuana growing in a home just north of Tampa International Airport.

    Members of The Marijuana Grow House Task Forces and District 3 Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on the morning of November 7, 2017 at 4513 West Burke Street in Tampa, and discovered two rooms dedicated to marijuana cultivation and twenty seven (27) marijuana plants growing in soil filled pots. The marijuana weighed 77.32 pounds and has a street value of approximately $154,000. Additionally, TECO located an illegal electric connection providing unmetered electricity to the residence which had a total value of $4,040.

    Pedro Avila, and Mercedes Enciso, were arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Rent / Own / Lease for Purpose of Trafficking, Grand Theft Electricity and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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