Thursday, May 26, 2011

Theft of Utilities Leads to Discovery of Grow House

Date:   May 26, 2011
Time:   2:00 PM
On May 25, 2011 the Drug Task Force along with members from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Central Florida Electric Revenue Protection conducted an investigation at 5191 NW 127th Place in Chiefland. It was discovered that electricity had been rerouted underground in two ditches with one leading to a concrete building. The odor of marijuana was evident.
A search warrant was issued which led to the confiscation of 73 marijuana plants with a street value of $73,000 and seizure of 6 high power firearms.
Arrested at the scene were Rafael Russinyol and Katia Calleiro-Russinyol. Both subjects were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Cannabis, Theft of  Utilities and Possession of Firearms During the Commission of a Felony. In addition Rafael Russinyol was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. Central Florida Electric estimated approximately $12,000.00 in electricity was stolen.

Rafael Russinyol
W/M 12/04/1963
Bond $115,000
Katia Calleiro-Russinyol
W/F 04/12/1950
Bond $90,000