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published: Friday, October 04, 2013
Former deputy and his wife arrested on drug charges
LAKE PLACID -- A former Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputy and his wife were arrested Thursday and charged with arson which is a first-degree felony, producing marijuana, owning a structure where drugs are manufactured, and possession of marijuana over 20 grams all of which are third-degree felonies.
The warrant stems from a July 17 house fire that occurred at the Obregon's home, 3335 Northern Blvd. in Lake Placid. During the fire investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, an insurance investigator and HCSO detectives, items -- such as lighting and electrical products that are typically associated with an indoor marijuana grow operation -- were found.
There appeared to be marijuana plants in the residence that had been shielded from the fire by topsoil. The root systems were submitted to the University of Florida for examination. Tests on these samples confirmed they were cannabis sativa, commonly referred to as marijuana.
Hiram Obregon was hired by the Avon Park Police Department as a police officer on Oct. 3, 2011. With the Avon Park contract for services with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Obregon was hired as a deputy on Oct. 3, 2012.
During his new hire probationary period, Obregon was found to be in violation of Sheriff's Office general orders regarding the operation of his Sheriff's Office vehicle, driving at excessive speeds on numerous occasions without regard to adverse road conditions. During an internal investigation following a complaint of erratic driving and review of the in-car camera system, the allegations were sustained and Obregon was terminated from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office on July 3, 2013.
Hiram and Lissette Obregon were booked into the Highlands County Jail with no bond.
Sad (by: Dave - 10/8/2013)
Feel terrible for their kids! Being from LP I can tell you that the Obregon's sure put on a good show!!! Before law enforcement he was in real estate in highlands county....WOW you can't trust anybody these days
ASSume (by: really - 10/8/2013)
Did I miss something in the article or did it say he was growing WHILE he was a cop at Avon Park? We shouldn't ASSume
Adam & Eve (by: Blindman~ - 10/8/2013)
According to press this guy says they were his wife's plants. It's reads like Adam & Eve. And the deputy said, The woman who thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.
LEO Drug Testing (by: Okie1 - 10/7/2013)
I am a Police Officer from another county in the state. I had my initial test when I was hired. I have since had 3 more random drug tests within the last couple years. I support random testing and have nothing to hide. Most agencies continue to have random drug testing policies. I am sure HCSO is no different.
@Jeff..... (by: smarter than you - 10/7/2013)
so all bald people are bad?.....Is there something retarding the mental growth? What does his folicular situation have to do with his charges? Are you really that.......well........that?
Re: TryFactsNotFox (by: YourFactsAreNoBetterThanFox - 10/7/2013)
You are either just rambling or have been given some misinformation. We have people drawn on a regular basis for random drug screenings. When your name is drawn, you get the call from your supervisor and you have to immediately go get tested. If you want something to complain about, stick to your "story" as it sounds better to people who don't know any better.
Trust (by: Jeff - 10/7/2013)
Back to the good ol' expression "ya can't trust anybody" especially family...Oh and lately a lot of bald folks. They need to bring the 1970's hairstyles back.
law enforcement and weed (by: MACK DADDY - 10/6/2013)
the deputy must needed the weed for his glucoma because of his bad eyesight,because he didn't see that it was AGAINST THE LAW TO GROW,POSSESED THAT CRAP IF YOU,RE A COP......DUMB-***!
Good riddance (by: Sweet cheeks - 10/6/2013)
Doesnt anyone get it yet? Avon Park did THE RIGHT THING when they sent the cops packing to the Sheriff. So we all know that there are always a few bad apples, but this is crazy to have so many from Avon Park. Who on earth was hiring over there in the first place? First that Rowan dude, the other ones that extorted cash from hispanics, the one that killed a baby, the one that shot his wife... geez!
What drugs?? (by: TryFactsNotFox - 10/6/2013)
Burning down a house for the insurance is wrong, but growing marijuana?? Hypocritical, yes, since he' s a cop and was probably arresting people for what he was doing at home. But for those of you foolish enough to believe that they actually drug test their officers other than the initial test when they're first hired.... Go ask a cop when the last time they
??? (by: D.J. Steward - 10/4/2013)
It is a shame that drugs and money will do this to someone. The fact that he is a law enforcement officer is even worse.
Up In SMOKE (as usual) (by: Sorry don't want to get pulled over by a bad cop. - 10/4/2013)
This is unfortunate and becoming more and more apparent that some law officers are NO BETTER that the criminals around these parts. Things like this need to be kept from the public, we already don't feel safe with the current Regime. The fact that he was rooted out (no pun intended on the roots getting him caught) from the Sheriffs Office dose not help when he got through the hiring process and was sworn in. I't makes all the hard working, honest, dedicated and professional officers look bad as well.
I just got an idea Honey (by: Stoned to tha bone - 10/4/2013)
On July 3, a former deputy was terminated and less than two weeks later his house catches on fire? Home insurance including contents can pay double actual worth if your not stupid enough to leave a joint in the ash tray.
what a tool (by: tax payer - 10/4/2013)
Who allowed this guy to a be a cop in the first place? Good ole avon park pd surely trained this guy well.
APPD (by: You know it - 10/4/2013)
Another dirty cop hired by former Chief Rogue
Perfect (by: Blindman~ - 10/4/2013)
So Avon Park saves money by shifting most law enforcement duties to the County Sheriff and she weeds out a bad guy.
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