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Lehigh family left without power after growhouse busted

Posted at 10:14 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 22:15:42-04

A family of 6 is without power after their landlord is arrested for growing marijuana.

Lee County deputies responded to a disturbance at a duplex on Bradford Drive.  They found 38 marijuana plants, and 2.4 pounds of harvested pot.

"It was a faint smell in the air, it had been there for a while, we didn't really think much of it," said Amanda Belcher.

Her landlord, Raul Gonzalez was next door when deputies arrived and tried to escape.

"While we're outside, I guess he went from his attic to our attic, got into my bed and tried to pretend like we was asleep," said Belcher.

Deputies eventually arrested Gonzalez.  Belcher says Gonzalez rigged the power to his half of the duplex where the grow house was found.

"They said they found where he was connected into our power, so apparently we've been paying his power bill on top of ours. They said it was a fire hazard and cut off the power at this pole."

That means the entire home is without power.

Amanda and her 4 children and husband are living off a generator, most of their food has already spoiled.

They can't get the power turned back on until their landlord agrees to hire an electrician, and he won't return her calls.

"I'm very angry, I'm so angry, first of all he knew we had kids, why was he doing that over there?"

30 rounds of ammunition and two guns were also found in the home.  Gonzalez was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was released on bond from the Lee County Jail Saturday.