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Tampa couple busted with 130 pounds of pot, deputies say


Published:   |   Updated: December 19, 2013 at 01:49 PM

A man and woman were arrested Wednesday and charged with trafficking and cultivating more than 130 pounds of marijuana, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Niurvys Sanchez-Hernandez, 37, and Yohiko Perez-Crump, 39, were arrested at their Tampa home, located at 612 Leisure Ave.

They were both charged with trafficking in marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, possession for trafficking or manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said. They are being held without bond, according to arrest records.

Investigators served a search warrant Wednesday morning at their home, where detectives found two rooms designed for the cultivation of marijuana. The room had 27 marijuana plants in soil-filled pots, sodium vapor light bulbs, light hoods and shields and ballasts, the sheriff’s office said in an arrest information.

Investigators also found 21 marijuana clones growing in another room that had plastic trays and fluorescent lighting, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators also found that they were using an illegal electrical tap to receive electrical service at their home. TECO estimated the theft of electricity at $4,678.00.

Officials from the code enforcement department also responded to the scene due to the improper construction and will issue citations at a later date, the sheriff’s office said.

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