Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Grow House Bust In The Estates

Collier County sheriff’s deputies uncovered 81 marijuana plants valued at nearly $250,000 at a suspected grow house in Golden Gate Estates on Tuesday.

Antonio M. Carralero, 35, 4859 22nd St. N.E., was charged with marijuana trafficking and possession of narcotic equipment.

Reports say deputies responded to a complaint of marijuana at Carralero’s residence around 5:30 p.m.

While deputies were speaking to Carralero, they noticed several modifications had been done to the residence, such as additional cooling units and lighting, that were consistent with that of a marijuana growing operation.

An investigation revealed that the south side of the house had been modified to grow marijuana.
The seized plants weighed more than 25 pounds and had a street value of $243,000.

The investigation also turned up paraphernalia used to operate a grow house valued at $10,000.