Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hendry County Crime This Week


On April 12, 2012, Hendry County Deputy Nathan Krause conducted a traffic stop on 45 year old Jose E. Zamora of 539 West Alverdez Ave., Clewiston, Florida.

Zamora was arrested in connection with operating a marijuana grow house at the same address. After verification from Clewiston Utilities Department that there was a power diversion within the home, and developing further probable cause, a search warrant was obtained to enter the home.

On April 2, 2012, Hilda Zamora was arrested on the same charges. Hendry County Narcotics Investigators located live adult marijuana plants, lighting, and other materials utilized in the cultivation of marijuana.

Mr. Zamora was arrested as a co-defendant and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Producing Marijuana, Trafficking in Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment. He is currently being held in the Hendry County jail on $106,500.00 bond.


On April 11, 2012, Hendry County Narcotics Investigator arrested two men associated with a Marijuana Grow Operation at the residence located at 13706 Murcott Avenue, La Deca Acres, in central Hendry County.

Espinoza, Angel.jpg Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence and made contact with the owner/custodian of the property 33 year old Yunior Acosta Diego and 25 year old Angel Isreal Espinoza.

Once inside the residence Investigators located 90 live Marijuana plants with a total weight of six pounds, and clear plastic baggies with processed marijuana that weighed 120 grams. The plants confiscated by Narcotics Investigators were not mature enough to produce any product at the time they were found; however, within three months they would have been in their first harvest stage. Each plant would have produced approx. a half a pound of product. It is estimated that the plants would have brought approximately $76,500.00 every three months. In addition drug paraphernalia along with materials utilized in the cultivation of marijuana were confiscated and taken into custody.

Both Yunior Acosta Diego (top photo) and 25 year old Angel Isreal Espinoza (bottom photo) were arrested and transported to the Hendry County Jail. Both subjects were charged with Grand Theft, Theft of Utilities, Marijuana Possession with intent to Sell, Producing marijuana, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams. Deigo was released on $59,500.00 bond and Espinoza is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $59,500.00 bond.


On April 10, 2012, Hendry County Deputies arrested 40 year old Dan Gerard Holmes of Palm Beach County. Hendry County Deputies were notified by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Fugitive Task Force Agents that they had located Holmes who had an outstanding warrant from Palm Beach County for Failing of Sexual Offender to Properly Register.

Hendry County Deputies responded to a mobile home located at Lot 12 in Twin Lake Mobile Home Park. Task Force members approached the residence and spoke with the individual who answered the door advising her they were looking for Holmes. She stated to Officers that she had not seen the suspect. However, after Palm Beach County Fugitive Task Force entered the residence and located Holmes in the rear bedroom of the home.

On April 14, 2012, Holmes was released to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.


On Saturday night, April 14, 2012, Hendry County Deputies responded to 415 N. Hacienda in Montura to a reported shooting that had occurred. Upon the arrival of deputies, a 31 year old male was found lying in the yard suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the face and upper chest.

Victim’s of the home told Deputies and Investigators on scene that the victim was attempting to gain entry into the residence. After telling the victim to leave several times with no avail, shots were fired by the residents of the home. Law Enforcement personnel on scene were also told that the victim had come to the home earlier in the day armed with a knife and he was told to leave at that time.

When he returned later the occupants of the home felt threatened as he continued to try to gain forced entry to their home. One of the occupants of the home told deputies that the victim had called her earlier and told her that he had been to her house in Clewiston and destroyed it and he threatened to kill her. She provided deputies with a house key and they were later able to confirm her report.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and the victim was transported to an area trauma center where he remains in critical condition.

Charges are pending based on further investigation.

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