Deputies in Charlotte County confiscated over 400 pounds of marijuana from a grow house in Port Charlotte late Thursday.
A pair of Bradenton residents was arrested on a variety of charges including trafficking in an illegal narcotic. Elier Enrique Torres-Milian and Yudelky Cabrera Perez were booked into the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting a bond of $29,500 each.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office report detectives in the department's Narcotics Division received a tip that a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from 18099 Bly Ave.
A search warrant was executed and detectives and members of CCSO's Street Crimes Unit knocked on the door. Torres-Milan, 25, answered but quickly slammed the door and attempted to go back inside.
Perez, 33, then slammed the door shut but deputies managed to kick it in to gain access to the residence. The suspects were handcuffed, placed into custody and removed from the home.
A search revealed two rooms containing hydroponic cultivation equipment. One of the rooms contained 61 large cut pot plans and an additional 169 ‘starter' marijuana plants.
Both contained the sophisticated devices employed to produce high-grade cannabis.
Deputies confiscated the larger plants for evidence and destroyed the equipment. A pick-up truck 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.
Charlotte County Bill Prummell, who took over the office in January, says his agency will continue to target similar operations.
"This is only the beginning," Prummell said of the bust. "Since I took 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 have any information about illegal narcotics activity, please contact CCSO at 941-575-2157.
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