Friday, December 14, 2012

Deputies: 2 Grow Houses In Estates Connected

Two days after shutting down a million-dollar illegal marijuana growing operation in Golden Gate Estates, deputies uprooted a second lucrative grow house across the street Thursday.

The busts netted a combined total of more than $2 million worth of marijuana.

Detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Narcotics Bureau received a tip that a residence at 1900 Washburn Ave. was potentially a marijuana growing operation. Detectives said the operation was connected to a grow house that was discovered across the street at 1825 Washburn Ave., where detectives recovered 431 marijuana plants valued at nearly $1.3 million Tuesday.

Detectives executed a search warrant at 1900 Washburn Ave., where they discovered a 4,000 foot metal garage-like structure that was converted into a grow house. The operation consisted of three large marijuana grow rooms that contained 304 miniature marijuana plants.

The plants had an estimated street value of $912,000.

The structure also contained more than $50,000 worth of indoor marijuana equipment. The equipment included 62 power transformers, five air conditioner units and specialized fertilizer used to feed the marijuana plants.

Detectives said the operation was identical to the one discovered at 1825 Washburn Ave.

Nobody was at either residence when search warrants were executed and no arrests have been made.

The investigation continues.

Detectives recovered 304 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $912,000 from the operaiton at 1900 Washburn Ave. The operation was identical to an illegal grow house discovered across the street at 1825 Washburn Ave. on Tuesday, detectives said.

The structure that detectives say housed an illegal marijuana growing operation at 1900 Washburn Ave. in Golden Gate Estates. Photos by CCSO (3)