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400 lbs seized in Charlotte grow house bust

Just over 400 pounds of marijuana was seized in a Charlotte County grow house bust and two people were arrested. The two people arrested were Elier Enrique Torres-Milian, 25, and Yudelky Cabrera Perez, 33. Both lived that 18099 Bly Avenue, where the raid took place.

The investigation started when narcotics detectives with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office got a tip about a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from the home. After getting a search warrant, detectives knocked on the door and Torres-Milian answered.

When they told him about the search warrant, he attempted to go back inside. Though he resisted, he was finally handcuffed. Perez then slammed the door closed and attempted to lock it. At this point the front door was kicked open before she was handcuffed and taken from the home.

A search of the home located two hydroponic growing rooms. One room contained 61 large cut marijuana plants which were hanging on a string drying, and 169 additional starter marijuana plants. The second room had 59 large marijuana plants growing in buckets.

Both rooms contained the sophisticated equipment to grow marijuana. They included air conditioning units, sun-light transformers, timers, large filters, plastic buckets, lamps fertilizing materials, and humidifiers. The large plants were put into plastic mesh and collected for evidence; the cultivating equipment was destroyed.

A pickup and a 2011 Dodge Charger were also seized.

Torres-Milian and Perez were both charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest.
Friday morning they posted $29,500 bond each and were released.

Sheriff Bill Prummell at the grow house said, "This is only the beginning. Since I took office last January, I reorganized the Special Investigations Division to include a supervisor of Narcotics, members of the Street Crimes Unit, a K9, and use of the Veri-Plate System that scans and records license plates on vehicles. We are targeting the worst of the worst."

If you know anything about illegal drug activity, you're asked call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

Source: www.nbc-2.com March 1, 2013

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