Two arrested in 50-pound pot bust

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 23, 2005

TAMPA - Undercover Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives arrested two Bartow men and seized nearly $50,000 worth of marijuana Monday afternoon.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, Trinidad Cedillo-Garza, 36, told a detective, working undercover, to come to 1510 Georgia St. in Bartow in Polk County to pick up 50 pounds of marijuana. Cedillo-Garza told the detective to take the marijuana back to Hillsborough County, according to the report. The detective agreed to pay him $20,000 for the marijuana, the report said.

When the detective arrived at the Georgia Street residence where Jose Luis Jimenez de la Cruz lived, Cedillo-Garza and De la Cruz put two boxes filled with marijuana into the detective's vehicle, according to the report.

Cedillo-Garza and De la Cruz, 23, followed the detective to Lakewood Drive and Highway 60 in Brandon. Sheriff's detectives arrested the men there. They were jailed on first-degree felony charges of trafficking in marijuana and conspiracy to traffic in marijuana.

Detectives also seized a Ford F250 pickup truck worth $25,000 from Cedillo-Garza. They put the value of the recovered marijuana at $49,000.

Both men were being held without bail Tuesday, records show.