Sheriff’s Deputies Rush To Scene Of An Armed Home Invasion, Find Sophisticated Indoor Pot Farm Instead
Winter Haven, Florida (The Weekly Vice) --
Polk County Sheriff's Deputies rushed to the scene after receiving a report of two armed men invading a Winter Haven, Florida home. But when authorities arrived, there were no armed men. No bandits, no robbers, or invaders of any kind. Sheriff's deputies did find one thing of interest though, a house full of pot plants.
The call came a little after 4:00 a.m. Monday. A frantic female caller dialed 911 to report that two armed men had invaded her home. Then the call went dead.
When Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, they found home residents Virgillio De La Paz, 33, and Barbara Rodriquez, 28, inside a bedroom closet. Investigators say De La Paz had been pistol-whipped and then handcuffed to the inside of a bedroom closet. Barbara Rodriquez had been forced into a closet along with Da La Paz.
Authorities searched the rest of the home for the reported home invaders, but did not find any. They did however find something interesting. A sophisticated home marijuana growing operation.
Investigators say two bedrooms of the house contained an elaborate marijuana growing operation that included up to 100 mature marijuana plants.
Virgillo De La Paz and Barbara Rodriquez have been booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, Maintaining a Dwelling For Drug Use, and Trafficking in Cannabis.
Polk County officials are also still pursuing the two suspects who invaded the home, but fled the scene before deputies arrived.