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Deputies bust Town 'N Country grow house, arrest two

TOWN N' COUNTRY — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies seized more than 130 pounds of marijuana and $11,700 from a north Tampa home they said was used exclusively to grow drugs. Two people were arrested.

Around 8 a.m. Friday, deputies executed a search warrant at 11658 Sunshine Pond Road in the Countryway golf community. They found three rooms filled with plastic pots with soil, nearly two dozen marijuana plants, portable air conditioners, fans, carbon filters, various chemicals, and 1,000-watt lights, according to an arrest affidavit.

Detectives also discovered that there was an illegal electrical hook-up that facilitated $54,717 in power being used without payment.

Arrested were Roybel Manso-Gonzales, 25, whose name was on the Tampa Electric Company contract, and Lucia Freire, 21, both of 4115 W Comanche Ave. Another search of that residence, which is down the street from Alexander Elementary School, yielded two pounds of packaged marijuana, deputies said.

Manso-Gonzales was jailed on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of a house for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, grand theft of electricity and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. He remains behind bars in lieu of $33,500 bail.

Freire was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. She was released early Saturday morning on $8,000 bail.

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Deputies bust Town 'N Country grow house, arrest two 01/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:58pm]
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