6 arrested in alleged Osceola County grow house operation

By: Roy Ramos

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Six people are facing charges after Osceola County deputies busted a marijuana grow house.

Investigators said the suspects stole electricity from nearby power lines to run their grow system.

Osceola County deputies said when they approached the home on Lakespur Court in Kissimmee to serve a search warrant Thursday morning, they could smell the cannabis from outside the house.

They arrested Yaimara Leyva-Guerra and Rafael Alvarez-Ramos.

Deputies said the suspects admitted to tapping into the power lines to steal power and growing the plants to supplement their income.

More than 50 pounds of marijuana were found in the home.

The operation was in conjunction with another home leased on Wesminster Way, where deputies said they found two rooms filled with marijuana plants.

Deputies arrested Hector Martinez- Garcia, Ivan Martinez-Garcia, Yuniarka Laiva-Cid and Matha Bonilla-Hernandez.

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Yuniarka Laiva-Cid
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The six suspects face multiple charges that include theft of utilities and trafficking marijuana.

A teenager who was living in one of the homes was placed with the Department of Children and Families.

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