Thursday, February 21, 2008

Second Grow House Bust In 2 Days

Collier County sheriff’s deputies shut down yet another suspected grow house Wednesday _ the second in as many days and the sixth of the year.

Severus L. Cosarca, 29, 3795 27th Ave. S.W., Golden Gate, was charged with marijuana manufacturing and possession of narcotic equipment.

Reports say deputies recovered 136 plants with a street value of $408,000 and marijuana growing equipment valued at $4,000.

Deputies responded to Cosarca’s residence around 4:19 p.m. after receiving a tip that he was operating a marijuana grow house.

A search of the house turned up two rooms that were converted to growing marijuana. In one room, deputies found 90 plants in Styrofoam cups. The other room yielded 46 plants, all between 2 feet and 6 feet tall.

On Tuesday, deputies uncovered 81 marijuana plants valued at nearly $250,000 at a suspected grow house in Golden Gate Estates. The homeowner, Antonio M. Carralero, 35, 4859 22nd St. N.E., was charged with marijuana trafficking and possession of narcotic equipment.

Carralero made his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon, where a judge set his bond at $50,000.
Deputies have made four other grow house arrests, all in Golden Gate Estates, since Jan. 3.