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Florida family booked for growing $1 million in marijuana, stealing electricity

Ariel Fernandez, Maritza Rodon and Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez were arrested for running the operation. (HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF )
Ariel Fernandez, Maritza Rodon and Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez were arrested for running the operation. (HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF )

A Florida family was arrested after police uncovered a $1 million marijuana operation powered by more than $21,000 in stolen electricity.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office raided four addresses, three of which had been turned into pot farms run by a couple and their adult son in northwest Tampa.

Maritza Rodon, 60, Ramon Fernandez-Fernandez, 66, and Ariel Fernandez, 41, were charged Wednesday with several marijuana-related counts along with grand theft of electricity.

Police said they hooked up illegal power connections to the three marijuana facilities, stealing a total $21,402.70 in electricity.

The illegal power sources fueled their pot farms, which police said had a street value of more than $1 million, cops said. Cops also found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Detectives found 370 plants weighing a total 539 pounds in the three locations, police said.

Source: nydailynews.com

Police seized 370 marijuana plants weighing a total 539 pounds. (HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF)
Police seized 370 marijuana plants weighing a total 539 pounds. (HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF)
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