Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Grow House Bust Nets 2 Arrests, $405K In Pot

WHAT: Indoor marijuana grow house

LOCATION: 10651 Greenway Road, East Naples

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 8

ARRESTED: Humberto Martinez, 29, 10651 Greenway Road
                      Raul Morales, 32, 10651 Greenway Road

CHARGES: Trafficking marijuana over 25 pounds
                    Possession of narcotic paraphernalia

SUMMARY: Detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Narcotics Bureau arrested Martinez and Morales and uncovered more than $400,000 worth of marijuana after executing a search warrant at this residence Wednesday morning.

Detectives discovered an indoor marijuana grow operation in a barn in back of the residence. A search of the barn turned up marijuana plants and equipment used to grow marijuana including high-intensity light bulbs, power transformers, buckets, and fertilizer.

Detectives also found an electrical panel that controlled the lights, timers and electricity that was being diverted for the operation.

Detectives confiscated 135 plants weighing 51.05 pounds. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $405,000.

The grow equipment was valued at around $50,000.

Martinez and Morales, who live at the residence and were home when the search warrant was executed, were arrested. They were being booked into the Collier County jail late Wednesday afternoon. Their arrest reports and photos will be released when they become available.

A view of a grow room after detectives removed marijuana plants from the pots.

Detectives found this elaborate control panel that controlled the lights, timers and electricty in the grow house.