Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:15 a.m., on September 9, 2014, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, SWAT teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, the MCSO Tactical Investigations and Fugitive Apprehension Units, and the MCSO Air Unit simultaneously executed three (3) search warrants on suspected marijuana grow houses.
The first location – 751 SE 160th Street resulted in the seizure of 274 marijuana plants, one (1) Mazda pickup truck and the arrest of Orlando Rodriguez, 63 for Cultivation of Marijuana and other assorted charges.
The second location – 1723 SE 160th Street resulted in the seizure of 25 marijuana plants and the arrests of Ana M. Gonzalez, 29, and Maria M. Gonzalez, 51, for Cultivation of Marijuana and other assorted charges.
The third location – 13431 SW 111th Street resulted in the seizure of 45 marijuana plants, approximately three (3) pounds of processed marijuana, two (2) firearms and the arrests of Justo Rodriguez, 66, and Norma Miranda-Hernandez, 63, for Cultivation of Marijuana and other assorted charges.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, all parties arrested are non-U.S. citizens. They made their way into South Florida from Cuba, then to Ocala where they began their grow operation.