Tampa man stole electricity to grow marijuana, authorities say

Authorities say a Tampa man converted rooms in his house to grow marijuana, stealing thousands of dollars worth of electricity. Jorge Morejon-Guzman, 50, was arrested Saturday evening. Investigators, pretending to look for a lost dog, knocked on the door at 9027 Tree Valley Circle near Town ‘N Country and found Morejon-Guzman at the home, according to an arrest affidavit. Deputies later entered the house with a search warrant.

They discovered about 48 marijuana plants growing in a guest bedroom, the affidavit states. In an outside room, an air conditioner was drying marijuana hanging from the ceiling.

A Tampa Electric official estimated $6,000 in electricity had been stolen. The affidavit does not say how long deputies believe the grow house was operating. Morejon-Guzman was charged with manufacturing cannabis, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and trafficking in cannabis. He also faces a grand theft charge. He was being held Sunday without bail.

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