Power pilfering leads to grow house arrest

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73 marijuana plants recovered

By The Staff

Two people were arrested at a Chiefland home Wednesday after a probe into electricity theft by Central Florida Electric Cooperative led investigators and drug agents to a marijuana grow house.


Rafael Russinyol, 47, and Katia Calleiro-Russinyol, 61, were arrested by Levy County Drug Task Force and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents at a Northwest 127th Place home.

The investigation found electricity had been rerouted underground in two ditches. One line led to a concrete building where the odor of marijuana was evident.

A search recovered 73 marijuana plants with a street value of $73,000 and the seizure of six high-power firearms.


The two are each charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of cannabis, theft of utilities and possession of firearms during the commission of a felony. Rafael Russinyol was also charged with evidence tampering. His bond is $115,000. Her bond is $90,000.

Central Florida Electric estimated approximately $12,000.00 in electricity was stolen.