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Deputies seize $100K worth of marijuana in Tampa grow house bust

TAMPA --Two people were arrested Wednesday after a search of their Carrollwood home turned up 130 pounds of marijuana worth about $100,000, according to sheriff's deputies.

The house, at 612 Leisure Ave., was used for a marijuana growing operation, sheriff's officials said. An anonymous tipster notified authorities about the house. Deputies later obtained a search warrant for the home.

Upon executing the warrant, deputies found two rooms loaded with 27 large marijuana plants and 21 smaller plants, officials said.

The plants were kept under a set of grow lights, powered through an illegal electrical setup, resulting in the theft of more than $4,000 in electricity, authorities said.

Yohiko Perez-Crump, 39, and Niurvys Sanchez-Hernandez, 37, who live at the home, were both arrested on a host of charges including trafficking and cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for drug use, and grand theft. Both were booked in the Hillsborough County Jail and held without bail.

Deputies seize $100K worth of marijuana in Tampa grow house bust 12/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:25pm]
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