Friday, March 14, 2008

Deputies Shut Down Another Estates Grow House

Collier County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night shut down another marijuana grow house - the second bust this week.

The homeowner, Rolando Codecido, 32, 4734 32nd Ave., Golden Gate Estates, was charged with marijuana trafficking and possession of narcotic equipment.

The arrest brings to 11 the number of marijuana grow houses shut down by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office this year.

Reports say deputies uncovered 58 plants weighing 150 pounds with a street value of $174,000 from inside Codecido’s house.

Deputies found the plants inside three rooms which had been modified to grow marijuana.

A search of the residence also turned up equipment used for growing marijuana such as additional cooling units and lighting and transformers. The equipment had an estimated value of $15,000.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s investigators arrested two brothers from the east coast on charges they were operating an indoor marijuana growing operation in the Estates.

Alex Guerra, 33, of Miami and Andres Guerra, 37, of West Palm Beach were each charged with marijuana trafficking, possession of cocaine and possession of narcotic equipment.

A search of the house at 3210 35th Ave. N.E turned up 73 marijuana plants weighing 53 pounds and cocaine. Investigators also found growing equipment, including high-intensity light bulbs, electrical transformers and an electrical air filter.