Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two Charged With Marijuana Trafficking

A man and woman were arrested after deputies uncovered approximately $100K worth of marijuana growing inside a Golden Gate Estates home Wednesday afternoon.

Francois Valdez, 30, Miami, and Isbel Casanova, 25, 3840 45th Ave. N.E., Golden Gate Estates, were charged with marijuana trafficking, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and resisting a law enforcement officer. Valdez was additionally charged with cocaine possession and Casanova battery on a law enforcement officer.

Deputies executed a search warrant around 5:50 p.m. at Casanova’s home. They discovered a master bedroom converted into a grow room with 20 plants actively growing and others recently harvested. Inside the room and hallway near the garage, reports say there were several power transformers, high intensity light bulbs, a cooling unit, buckets and other tools used in marijuana harvesting.

Deputies say the marijuana weighed approximately 150 pounds. The grow equipment was valued around $12,000.

Casanova, Isbel

Valdez, Francois