FROSTPROOF, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Polk County deputies said two people are facing charges after deputies said they found a barn being used to grow cannabis.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said after receiving information about a possible cannabis grow operation at 2000 West Frostproof Road, detectives made contact with the residents on Friday, February 14, 2014.
PCSO said detectives met with 49-year-old Luis Ivan Guerrero Delgada, and 48-year-old Noelia Margarita Ramirez and through their investigation, detectives discovered two rooms in a barn located on the property were being utilized to grow cannabis.
Deputies said one of the rooms had been just harvested while the other room had 37 immature cannabis plants growing inside, along with high intensity grow lights, grow light hoods, electric ballasts, air conditioners, air filters, plastic pots used for cannabis cultivation and cannabis plant stalks and roots.
In addition to the plants, PCSO said detectives discovered 15 pounds of harvested cannabis buds, a 30-30 rifle, and two 357 magnum handguns in the mobile home on the property.
Detectives also found 10 dogs, nine of which had no tags or proof of rabies vaccinations, officials said.
Delgada and Ramirez were placed under arrest, deputies said, and the property and care of the animals was turned over to a family member who was instructed on how to improve the animals’ care.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, both Delgada and Ramirez were charged with Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sale, Possession of Cannabis – over 20 grams, Maintaining Structure for Drug Manufacturing, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
In addition, PCSO said Delgado was cited for not having the dogs properly licensed and rabies vaccinated and for not providing one dog with adequate shelter.
Delgada and Ramirez were both booked into the Polk County Jail, PCSO said.
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