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Polk deputies dismantle grow house, two arrested

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Deputies confiscated approximately 15 pounds of pot, a rifle and two handguns. Deputies confiscated approximately 15 pounds of pot, a rifle and two handguns.
One room of the barn contained plants that had not yet matured. One room of the barn contained plants that had not yet matured.
Delgada, 49, is facing a variety of drug-related charges. Delgada, 49, is facing a variety of drug-related charges.
Ramirez, 48, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday. Ramirez, 48, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday.
FROSTPROOF, FL (WFLA) - Two people were arrested Friday after Polk County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a possible marijuana grow operation in Frostproof.

Luis Ivan Guerrero Delgada, 49, and Noelia Margarita Ramirez, 48, are facing a variety of charges including drug manufacturing and drug possession. They were booked into the Polk County Jail where they are being held without bond pending their first appearance before a judge.

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report deputies went to 2000 West Frostproof Rd. to investigate reports of malnourished animals. They met with the residents – Delgada and Ramirez – to discuss the matter.
 
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Inside two rooms of a barn on the property detectives discovered equipment used to grow and cultivate marijuana. Plants from one of the rooms had recently been harvested while the other contained 37 immature plants.

Investigators also removed high intensity grow lights, air conditioning equipment, air filters and plastic pots used to grow the plants. They confiscated approximately 15 pounds of the illegal narcotic, a rifle and two handguns.

An employee with Duke Energy was also dispatched to the location and determined that the suspects had unlawfully bypassed the electric meter on the property.

Five horses were also found to be in need of improved care but there was no evidence that the animals had been abused or malnourished. Deputies also found 10 dogs on the property, nine of which had no tags or proof or rabies vaccinations.

After Delgada and Ramirez were taken into custody the animals were left in the care of family member who was instructed on how to improve their conditions and health.

The suspects 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, Delgado was cited for not having the dogs properly licensed and rabies vaccinated and for not providing one dog with adequate shelter for fines totaling $798. Delgada was given 30 days to improve the health of the dogs and horses.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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